Deputy Chief Minister RR Patil can now keep tabs on the police administration in the state. The move would help the police to avoid law and order failures such as the Khairlanji protests.
Patil and senior police officers will be able to issue directives, hold emergency meetings with officials sitting in their Mumbai headquarters through videoconferencing.
The Home Department’s plan for a videoconferencing system will link all 33 district police headquarters, office of the Director-General of Police and offices of police commissioners.
The department will implement the Rs 4.15-crore plan to set up a multipoint videoconferencing unit (10 to 12 people can conference simultaneously) next year.
Sources in the home department pointed out that videoconferencing will save law and order agency’s valuable time in taking quick decisions during times of crisis — terrorist attacks, riot-like situations, protests gone awry, and strikes.
“It will help us to pass on sensitive information, faster intelligence from one police headquarter to another and to access it in headquarters in Mumbai,” said Director-General of Police PS Pasricha. “We can have confidential discussions among top police cadre. It will save us lot of time and money.”
He added that at a later stage, the same network could be used to share data, including documents.
The department has sought this expenditure in its supplementary demands statement, as the expense was not accounted for at the beginning of the year.
The Information Technology department had been asked to submit its technical advice.
Arvind Kumar, secretary IT, has said the department has suggested
a Very Small Aperture Terminal network — satellite-based communication network — with a 2 MBPS (mega bytes per second) bandwidth to ensure a good picture quality.
This bandwidth — data transmission rate and capacity — will allow for about 10 to 12 people to conference simultaneously. The Home Department will soon float tenders for the project.
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