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Pan-India fingerprint database to help nail criminals faster: MoS
By TOG News Service
Oct 18, 2019

TOG NEWS SERVICE, NEW DELHI, OCT 18, 2019: THE Minister of State for Home, Mr G. Kishan Reddy inaugurated the 20th All India Conference of Directors of Fingerprint Bureaus, being organised by NCRB, here today. The conference was attended among others by Director, NCRB, Mr Ram Phal Pawar, Joint Secretary (Women Safety) MHA, Ms Punya Salila Srivastava and senior police officers from central police organisations/ States/UTs.  Around 80 Fingerprint experts/delegates from across the country attended the inaugural function.

Addressing the gathering, the MoS, Mr Reddy highlighted the importance of fingerprints in crime investigation and appreciated the efforts of NCRB in rolling out the National Automated Fingerprint Identification System (NAFIS), a network based pan India system for recording and sharing of fingerprints of criminals in various crimes. He also expressed satisfaction that Central Fingerprint Bureau in NCRB is following best practices in maintaining fingerprint records of criminals.

Director, NCRB, Mr Ram Phal Pawar, said that implementation of NAFIS will help Police in solving crime cases quickly and emphasized the need to have adequate strength in the State Fingerprint Bureaus. He also impressed upon deliberation of ideas in the 2-day conference to make the fingerprint facility more useful and accessible to investigators.

Joint Secretary (Woman Safety) Ms Punya Salila Srivastava stressed upon capacity building of Fingerprint fraternity through collaboration with academic institutions and international agencies.