AP to Use Drone Cameras To Monitor Red Sander Smuggling

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To increase surveillance on Red Sandalwood smuggling in the state and take stringent action on smugglers, the state government of Andhra Pradesh is planning to use drones cameras.

During a review meeting on Law and Order situation in the state, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu proposed using drones cameras or static balloon cameras which will use unused (TV) spectrum under TV White Spaces Project to keep a vigil on Red Sanders smuggling.

Meanwhile, to ensure strict action against those involved in ragging in colleges, the Chief Minister has asked the department to include a facility in the Abhayam (android) app which will enable students to register a complaint through the app.

During the review, the Chief Minister expressed dissatisfaction over the increase in crimes against women, economic offences, cybercrimes and road accidents in the state. However, the total number of crimes between January to July 2015 dropped to 61,670 from 64,242 in the same period last year.

“It is unfortunate that rapes have gone up by 24.4%, economic offences up by 30%, cybercrimes up from 219 to 433 cases and road accidents up from 13,747 to 14,018. This shows that police department hasn’t been able to do its job properly. Vigilance and enforcement has to be stringent. You cannot compromise on the security of citizens,” the Chief Minister said, adding that the police has to create campaigns and make necessary interventions to educate people.

On the other hand, to keep a vigil on criminals, the Chief Minister asked for computerization of data of crimes in the state. “Integrate the data with their Aadhar numbers and monitor activities of criminals even after their release,” he said, adding that the department has to come out with an action plan (immediate plan, short-term plan and long-term plan) on criminal management system.

During the meeting, the Chief Minister gave a green signal to the department to recruit drivers and fill up the vacancies in the state. He also gave a nod to 33% reservation for women in civil police.

Chief Secretary IYR Krishna Rao, DGP JV Ramudu, Principal Secretary to CM Satish Chandra, Additional Director General (Intelligence) A.B. Venkateswar Rao, Vijayawada City Police Commissioner Gautam Sawang and other heads of the police department were present in the meeting.

Source – AP CMO



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