There’ll be more policemen on Delhi streets. There’ll be cameras equipped with face recognition software linked to a centralised computer network and the central police control room. Security in mega cities like Delhi will be strengthened under a special scheme with dedicated funds.
On Thursday, the government announced measures to tighten intelligence gathering and analysis in Delhi Police and the Intelligence Bureau.
Speaking after Thursday’s cabinet meeting, Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta told reporters surveillance cameras had already been installed in nine markets in Delhi and would shortly be installed in 58 more.
Cameras will also be installed at 27 border check posts. The Delhi Police meanwhile, will step up interaction with market associations, said Gupta and added that an “Eyes and Ears Scheme” was already in place.
Home Ministry sources told Hindustan Times that some advanced features to enable intelligent surveillance were under discussion. “Delhi Police will be using a combination of different cameras and devices that will come together to satisfy the unique needs of each location where they are installed,” an official said.
Some of the features include Face Recognition Software, Date and Time imprints on film, software that can sharpen images.
Granting in principle approval to classifying ammonium nitrate as an explosive, the cabinet also decided to have separate dedicated schemes for strengthening state intelligence wings and to upgrade security in mega cities. Both these matters were earlier covered under a single umbrella — Modernisation of Police Forces. Now, however, these will be separately funded to ensure Delhi Police and other state police forces get vital surveillance equipment. Gupta added many processes were already in progress vis-à-vis strengthening security.
He pointed out that in addition to 5,000 posts sanctioned earlier to Delhi Police (recruitment is underway), 7,612 more were sanctioned recently. Similarly, past and recent sanctions for additional vehicles totalled 300.
Six thousand posts have also been sanctioned for the IB to strengthen information collection and arrangements will be made in the bureau “for continuous research and study of developments and technology for counter-terrorism”.