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AAP Govt’s CCTV plan encounters policing
Sparks are bound to fly after a committee on installation of CCTV constituted by Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal has reportedly recommended “mandatory licence” from the Delhi Police.
“Recommendations by the L-G’s committee to seek mandatory licence for installation of CCTV is directly linked with ‘surveillance’ and that is the job of the police,” said an official, adding that police clearance is a must to avoid any misuse of the surveillance system.
Taking a strong objection to this move, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal attacked the recommendation and alleged that it will promote “bribery”. “L-G’s committee recommends mandatory license/permission from police to install CCTV cameras by pvt or govt bodies. All existing CCTVs will also need police license. Height of license Raj in 21st century. Nowhere in the world is such a license reqd (sic),” he tweeted.
It may be noted that installation of CCTV cameras was one of the key poll promises of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Kejriwal has been really pushing for it as CCTV cameras are deemed critical to the safety and security of women in the national Capital.
In another tweet, the Chief Minister claimed that mandatory provisions for installation of CCTV cameras would increase bribery.
“What will police see before giving CCTV license? On what basis will police give license? It will only increase bribery. Its a huge blow to women safety becoz all existing cameras in Del will have to be removed till they obtain license n all new CCTVs will have to wait for license (sic),” Kejriwal said.
It may be recalled that a six-member committee, constituted by the L-G in May, was likely to regulate the installation of CCTV cameras in private and Government buildings in the national Capital, a source had said.
The committee, headed by Delhi Principal Secretary (Home) Manoj Parida, was in the process of preparing the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the installation and monitoring of CCTV cameras across the city.
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