NEW DELHI:The Ministry of Home Affairs’ ambitious scheme for collection, storage, analysis, transfer and sharing of data of crime and criminal across the country has run into rough weather.
A top ministry official on condition of anonymity said the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) project, approved in 2009, had been delayed due to consistent glitches in the software and that the ministry was working on the alternatives.
He confirmed that many applications was adopted to build the network and that this had unnecessarily delayed the project.
“As many as 23 different software applications were used to build the network system with the involvement of at least 100 vendors to complete the work.
It is learnt that the Centre, which has already disbursed over Rs 600 crore for the hi-tech system, is looking to streamline the process by striking down several vendors from its list after examining the technical glitch. The proposal was approved with an estimated cost of Rs 2,000 crore as 100 percent Centrally sponsored with an extended deadline of March 2015 to connect more than 15,000 police stations and over 5,000 higher offices.