• Rajasthan

    Cong 99
    BJP 81
    RLM 0
    OTH 19
  • Madhya Pradesh

    Cong 112
    BJP 97
    BSP 4
    OTH 8
  • Chhattisgarh

    Cong 53
    BJP 26
    JCC 9
    OTH 1
  • Telangana

    TRS-AIMIM 82
    TDP-Cong 25
    BJP 6
    OTH 6
  • Mizoram

    MNF 25
    Cong 10
    BJP 1
    OTH 4

* Total Tally Reflects Leads + Wins

Delhi Police custodian of the CCTV cameras, not Kejriwal government, rules L-G appointed panel

By: | Published: July 7, 2018 5:40 PM

A committee formed by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has recommended that the Delhi Police will be the custodian of the CCTV cameras installed in public areas in the national capital.

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Days after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the Aam Aadmi Party (government) over who holds the right to administer and government Delhi, a committee formed by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, has recommended that the Delhi Police will be the custodian of the CCTV cameras installed in public areas in the national capital. This also includes the CCTV cameras installed by the Arvind Kejriwal-led government.

According to a report in The Indian Express, the ‘Delhi Rules for Regulation of CCTV Camera Systems in NCT of Delhi, 2018’ was drafted by a committee chaired by Principal Secretary (Home) Manoj Parida. The committee submitted its report to the L-G last week. It has proposed a set of rules for governing CCTVs in public areas after getting feedback from stakeholders and people under the Delhi Police Act, 1978.

If notified, the daily reported, that Delhi will become the first city with a specified set of rules governing CCTV cameras in public places.

The panel was formed on May 8 headed by Parida who also is the PWD Secretary. Representatives from Delhi Police and IT Ministry were also the part of the committee. It was tasked with framing standard operating procedures (SOPs) and regulatory framework related to installation, operation, monitoring and other issues concerning CCTVs.

In its eight-page rules, the panel recommended that the “appropriate authority” on installation, operation and monitoring of CCTVs will be the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Licensing). It states that handlers of CCTV systems monitoring a public place including housing societies, marketplaces, government departments, will report to the DCP (Licensing). Besides, the purpose, number, location and other such details related to the CCTV system including the manner of usage, handling and storage of data will have be made known to the police.

It also warned that any violation will invite ‘punitive action’.

The recommendations made by the panel is likely to further deepen the confrontation between the L-G and AAP who are already at the loggerheads ever since Kejriwal assumed the office of the CM in February 2015.

The national capital has at least 2.5 lakh CCTVs in public areas, the IE report said.

On Friday, Kejriwal had dubbed the panel ‘illegal’ and directed him to place the proposal on the installation of 1.4 lakh CCTV cameras in the national capital when the Cabinet meets on July 10. Earlier, PWD Minister Satyendra Jain had asked Parida not to head the L-G appointed panel. Kejriwal and AAP MLAs had even staged a protest outside the L-G’s residence demanding the panel be disbanded.

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