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Delhi Police battles manpower shortage, lack of facilities: CAG report

Shortage of manpower and lack of facilities in the Delhi Police department have impacted the investigation of crimes in the national capital.
|| Nishica Chaudhary

In the NCT of Delhi, between the period 2013-2019, the incidence of crime registered under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) increased by 275 per cent.

Shortage of manpower in the Delhi Police department has impacted the investigation of crimes.

More than half of the Mobile Patrol Vans don’t have gunmen, the communication system used by the force is 20 years obsolete, anti-terror unit doesn’t have adequate arms, ammunition and bulletproof jackets and the SWAT teams are working at reduced efficiency.

The performance audit report carried out by Comptroller and Auditor General of India on the functioning of Delhi Police between 2013 and 2019 has highlighted several shortcomings.


CAG said that the Union home ministry “had approved 12,518 posts with advice to operationalise 3,139 posts first and then the remaining 9,379 after deployment of 3,139 personnel on ground. However, due to failure of Delhi Police to recruit against these 3,139 posts, the remaining 9,379 approved posts could not be operationalised (August 2020).”

Questions were also raised about Himmat Plus, the women’s safety app launched in 2018. “In spite of a sizeable expenditure (Rs18.5 lakh on development of Himmat Plus and Rs 6.8 crore on publicity of Himmat and Himmat Plus), the response to the app was lukewarm,” the CAG report noted. “Of the 1.7 lakh installs of Himmat/Himmat Plus App, there were 1.3 lakh uninstalls, leaving about 34,000 users as of May 2019, which was much less compared with users of the women’s safety apps of Bengaluru Police (50,482) and Maharashtra Police (84,000).”

Only one of many 72 police stations test-checked by the auditors had workers as per norm. The report mentioned the 35% workers scarcity left cops underneath pressure and compelled to work lengthy hours.

As for gadgets utilized by police, the CAG reported that Delhi Police was utilizing a 20-year trunking system that had outlived its life by a decade. “Proposals for upgradation were initiated 10 years ago, but not even tenders have been finalised yet,” noticed CAG, including that the variety of wifi units declined from 9,638 in June 2009 to six,172 in June 2019. The power, the report mentioned, had put in 3,870 CCTV cameras in Delhi, however the proportion of functioning cameras was very low.

Deficiencies have been additionally famous within the anti-terror unit, starting from availability of automobiles, protecting gear like bulletproof jackets and arms and ammunition. Similar considerations have been raised for SWAT, safety and the cybercrime unit.

The report famous vulnerabilities within the safety structure of Delhi Police’s Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and System, largely attributable to an out of date expertise stack on which CCTNS was based mostly. Also reported to be functioning “sub-optimally” was C-MAPS, the joint undertaking of Delhi Police and ISRO-ADRIN that maps crime knowledge and era of actionable info. “The planned project objectives have been abandoned and its utility is questionable,” CAG mentioned.

The audit expressed concern on the 275% bounce in crime incidents in 2019 in opposition to 2013 and the rise of heinous crime from 4,159 in 2013 to five,185 in 2019.

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