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Do not notify rules on CCTV installation: Satyendar Jain to Delhi L-G

Delhi public works department minister Satyendar Jain added to the ongoing controversy over installation of CCTVs in the Capital on Tuesday by writing a fresh note to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, urging him not to notify the rules framed by his panel.

delhi Updated: Aug 08, 2018 03:35 IST
Sweta Goswami
Sweta Goswami
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
CCTV,Satyendar Jain,Anil Baijal
L-G Anil Baijal had formed a committee to come up with a standard operating procedure for the installation, operation and monitoring of closed-circuit television cameras.(PTI/File Photo)

Delhi public works department minister Satyendar Jain added to the ongoing controversy over installation of CCTVs in the Capital on Tuesday by writing a fresh note to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, urging him not to notify the rules framed by his panel.

L-G Baijal had formed a committee to come up with a standard operating procedure for the installation, operation and monitoring of closed-circuit television cameras. However, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had alleged that the only aim of setting up the panel was to interrupt government work and not let the CCTV cameras be installed.

In a two-page note to the L-G, Jain told Baijal that if he goes ahead with notifying the rules framed by the L-G’s panel, headed by principal secretary (home), the move will be “illegal”. He also said that the guidelines “are not required” and “should be scrapped”.

“I have gone through all these rules. By no stretch of imagination, do these rules permit the L-G or the Delhi police to make guidelines/rules on the subject of installation, operation or monitoring of CCTV cameras in Delhi. Therefore, if notified, these rules will be completely illegal and without jurisdiction,” Jain wrote in his note.

The L-G’s office did not comment on the issue.

The minister’s letter comes at a time when the L-G appointed panel is in the final stage of drafting its rules for installing CCTV cameras in the city. While the Aam Aadmi Party government wants to install 1.4 lakh cameras in the city’s residential areas and markets using feedback from MLAs and the locals, the L-G’s committee proposes to make police permission mandatory before installing the cameras in public places.

Jain also informed the L-G about the public meeting, which the government had organised on July 29, where chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tore a copy of the committee’s report and rejected its recommendations.

“Around 1,760 organisations participated in the meeting. All of them were of the unanimous view that police permission is not necessary. It will not serve any purpose and only increase bribery and delay in installation of cameras,” the minister said.

He also cited public feedback, saying it was “overwhelmingly” against mandatory police nod. “...if you still decide to go ahead with these rules, then kindly let us know. We will give section-wise comments,” Jain wrote.

First Published: Aug 08, 2018 03:35 IST