Police reforms in India have been due for many years. However, not much has been achieved in this regard by successive Indian Governments so far. This is despite the fact that the Supreme Court of India has clearly directed the Central Government to bring suitable Police reforms in India on a priority basis. As a result, the Police force of India is still functioning with all its Administrative, Technological and Legal Infirmities and Weaknesses.
Further, intelligence agencies reforms in India are also urgently needed as India has been treading on the wrong path of e-surveillance and eavesdropping for many years and this must be changed as soon as possible. For instance, Vodafone has confirmed that Indian Government has been engaging in Unconstitutional E-Surveillance through secret wires. Reacting to the same, the Department of Telecommunication (DOT) has been asked to look into the matter and report to the Indian Government.
What is surprising is why the Narendra Modi led Government has not “Cleared its Stand” till now on “Illegal and Unconstitutional Projects” like the Central Monitoring System (CMS) Project of India and Internet Spy System Network and Traffic Analysis System (NETRA) of India. If these Unconstitutional E-Surveillance Projects are continued by Modi Government without any “Parliamentary Oversight”, then there is no difference between BJP and Congress Government and both are working to the detriment of Constitutional Rights and Civil Liberties Protection in Cyberspace. A Lawful and Constitutional Interception Law in India is also needed.
After Legislative and Parliamentary Oversight issue, the Modi Government must also work upon “Technology Issues” pertaining to the Police force of India. For instance, much work is to be done to make the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) Project of India a success at “National Level”. There are a whole set of “Technological Issues” pertaining to Law Enforcement and Intelligence Agencies of India and we have been covering the same at our LinkedIn Group titled Intelligence Agencies and Law Enforcement Technology in India that is the exclusive discussion platform on this topic. Since that is Open Group, I am not repeating the topics and issues pertaining to this area here and request our Readers to visit that Group for these topics.
Another related area for Police reforms in India pertains to Skills Development of Police force of India. For instance, Cyber Crimes Investigation in India is still a herculean task for a majority of members of Police force of India. Areas like Cyber Law, Cyber Forensics, E-Discovery, Cyber Security, etc are still a puzzle for our Police force. We must develop the Cyber Crime Investigations Capabilities of our Police force. Similarly, India needs to strengthen Cyber Forensics and Cyber Crimes Investigation Capabilities at the national level as well.