‘Hire Iitians, MCA grads as cy­ber po­lice’

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HINDUSTANTIMES HTNATION - Azaan Javaid


NEW DELHI: Grad­u­ates from the In­dian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (IIT) col­leges or those who have a Master of Com­puter Ap­pli­ca­tions (MCA) de­gree should be re­cruited as cy­ber crime in­ves­ti­ga­tors, In­dia’s top pol­icy-mak­ing body Niti Aayog sug­gested as part of mea­sures to over­haul In­dia’s po­lice.

The “Build­ing Smart Po­lice: Back­ground into the needed Po­lice Re­forms” re­port called for a new ap­proach to “spe­cialised crimes”, sug­gest­ing re­cruit­ment of peo­ple with ex­per­tise in roles that typ­i­cal con­sta­bles or sub-in­spec­tors can­not han­dle.

It calls for leg­isla­tive and ju­di­cial changes that will help po­lice across the coun­try stream­line their op­er­a­tions, fo­cussing on core func­tions to main­tain law and or­der.

In­dia’s po­lice are long due for sweep­ing re­forms that can help them tackle grow­ing work pres­sure and crip­pling staff short­age, of­ten blamed for ris­ing crime.

The re­cruit­ment of techies as cy­ber crime in­ves­ti­ga­tors is among ways the new ap­proach could work.

IIT or MCA grad­u­ates can be hired as sub-in­spec­tors or in­spec­tors in state crime in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­part­ments to bet­ter tackle the “highly com­plex na­ture” of such cases, the re­port said. “To pre­vent de­tec­tion, they should work in plain clothes”.

IITS are In­dia’s mar­quee en­gi­neer­ing col­leges, fa­mous for their rig­or­ous en­trance pro­ce­dure and lofty pay pack­ages for grad­u­ates.

Sim­i­lar to cy­ber crime, so­cial crimes can be tack­led by peo­ple re­cruited from back­grounds such as so­cial sci­ences or so­cial work. “So­cial crimes like of­fences re­lated to beg­gary, pros­ti­tu­tion, crimes against women, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, dowry of­fences, etc can­not be han­dled by the tra­di­tional daroga. Ex­perts sug­gest that it needs to be han­dled by a sep­a­rate wing with peo­ple like stu­dents who have grad­u­ated in So­cial Sci­ence/so­cial Work,” the re­port reads. Ex­cise, for­est, trans­port and food de­part­ments should set up their own en­force­ment wings in or­der to free the state po­lice, who nor­mally help such of­fi­cials.

“5th Re­port of the Sec­ond Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­forms Com­mis­sion fur­ther sug­gests that func­tions like serv­ing court sum­mons, an­tecedents and ad­dresses ver­i­fi­ca­tion for pass­port ap­pli­ca­tions or job ver­i­fi­ca­tions etc can be out­sourced to pri­vate agents or govern­ment de­part­ments. Th­ese mea­sures will help in re­duc­ing the work­load of the po­lice,” the re­port adds.

The Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­forms Com­mis­sion (ARC) is a cen­tral govern­ment com­mit­tee that gives rec­om­men­da­tions for re­view­ing the pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion sys­tem. The Sec­ond ARC was set up in 2005.

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