Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju said in Bhopal on Tuesday that forensic expansion programmes could help reduce large-scale pendency of criminal cases and also tackle crime against women in a time-bound manner.
Rijiju was addressing the valedictory function of the 23rd All India Forensic Science Conference.
The minister also laid the foundation stone for the new Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) in Bhopal.
The new laboratory that would be constructed by the National Building Construction Corporation at a cost of Rs 53.72 crore, would have divisions for digital forensics, forensic DNA, narcotic drugs, toxicology and ballistics among others.
At least 300 forensic science experts participated in the two-day conference themed on 'Role of Forensic Science in countering crime against women'. The conference was organised by the directorate of forensic science services (DFSS) of the union home ministry.
Union home minister Rajnath Singh was supposed to address conference, but his visit was cancelled at the last moment.
Speaking on the occasion, Madhya Pradesh home minister Babulal Gaur said the annual forensic conferences were an appropriate and effective platform to discuss sensitive crime investigation and deliberate upon research on cyber crimes, forensic reforms, development and modernisation programmes.
During the programme, the directors of the Central and state forensic science laboratories (FSLs) recognised the importance of accreditation of the laboratories.
While some laboratories were already accredited by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL), heads of several other laboratories also resolved to initiate steps towards accreditation.
With a view to streamline case handling, the FSL directors also decided to update and revise the standard operating procedures and manuals for various forensic disciplines such as DNA, chemistry, ballistics and questioned documents.