Deputy Chief Minister RR Patil can now keep police administration on its toes. The next time round police may be able to avoid the fiasco as they failed to control Dalit protests over Khairlangi incident in Vidarbha.
Here's how the police and home department may be able to stay on guard. Patil and senior police officials will now be able to issue directives, hold discussions with concerned officials in the nick of time sitting in their headquarters in Mumbai through a videoconferencing link up.
The home department's plan for a videoconferencing system will now link all 33 district police headquarters, Director General of Police office, and offices of police commissioners.
The department will implement the Rs 4.15 crore plan to set up a multipoint videoconferencing unit (10-12 people can conference simultaneously) in the coming 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, intelligence faster from one police headquarters to another and to access it in headquarters in Mumbai. We can have confidential discussions among top police cadre. It will save us lot of time and money," said a Director General of Police PS Pasricha.
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, since 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 that the department has suggested a Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) network — satellite based communication network — with a 2MBPs (mega bytes per second) bandwidth to ensure a good picture quality. This bandwidth — data transmission rate and capacity — will allow for 10 to 12 people to confer simultaneously.
The home department will soon float the tenders for implementing the project.