| Pune |
September 9, 2020 11:09:32 pm
The state Home Department is planning to make use of an allocation of over Rs 26 crore, obtained underneath the Nirbhaya Fund for the monetary yr 2019-20, to boost DNA profiling capabilities of forensic science laboratories within the state.
As a part of the identical initiative, three regional forensic laboratories in Maharashtra will get devoted DNA evaluation items to research instances of crimes towards girls and kids, state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh mentioned on Wednesday.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Deshmukh mentioned, “Forensic DNA evaluation is extraordinarily essential to crime investigation and taking the prosecution to the logical conclusion. We have determined to make use of the allocation underneath Nirbhaya Fund framework to strengthen the forensic DNA profiling services accessible with us.”
The Nirbhaya Fund corpus of Rs 1,000 crore, for use for tasks and initiatives in direction of the security and safety of girls, was introduced within the 2013 Union Budget. The fund was began within the reminiscence of the 23-year-old paramedic scholar, known as Nirbhaya, who was gang-raped and brutally assaulted on the intervening night time of December 16 and 17 in 2012 inside a shifting bus in Delhi by six individuals, earlier than being thrown out on the highway. She had died on December 29 at a hospital in Singapore.
Various central authorities stories about using Nirbhaya Fund previously have proven severe under-utilisation of the share allotted to the states. For some years, Maharashtra had did not utilise any of the fund quantity whereas in some monetary years, the utilisation was barely 20 per cent. Meanwhile, the delay in getting outcomes of forensic DNA evaluation for such instances has adversely affected investigation and prosecution in lots of situations.
Home Department officers mentioned that for the monetary yr 2019-20, Maharashtra has obtained Rs 26.85 crore.
Under the Directorate of Forensic Science Laboratories of Maharashtra, there are eight regional laboratories and 5 mini laboratories. Of the eight regional laboratories, six — Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Aurangabad, Nashik, Amravati — have DNA testing services. The two comparatively new regional labs at Nanded and Kolhapur will get DNA evaluation facility with allocations underneath the Nirbhaya Fund framework.
“For the addition of DNA evaluation services at labs in Kolhapur and Nanded, Rs 11.26 crore have been launched. The DNA evaluation services at these centres are anticipated to start out within the subsequent two months.” mentioned Deshmukh.
The Home Department mentioned that within the regional forensic laboratories at Mumbai, Nagpur and Pune, devoted DNA evaluation services can be made accessible to probe instances of crimes towards girls and kids, and Rs 15.59 crore can be allotted for this. “We anticipate that the devoted items at Pune, Mumbai and Nagpur, for DNA evaluation in crimes towards girls, may also turn into purposeful within the coming two months,” added Deshmukh.
The Nirbhaya Fund Framework is a non-lapsable corpus fund for tasks in direction of security and safety of girls, and it’s administered by the Department of Economic Affairs of the Union Ministry of Finance. The framework has provision for an Empowered Committee (EC) of officers chaired by the secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), to appraise and suggest proposals to be funded underneath this framework.
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