LG visits FSL in Rohini to take stock of the situation on the ground
Thursday, June 30, 2022
• All 15 police districts will soon have Mobile Forensic Labs
• Expedite disposal of pending cases – submit monthly incremental reports – LG
• Technological, Physical and Infrastructural upgradation of FSL should be completed ahead of schedule – LG
• LG visits FSL in Rohini to take stock of the situation on the ground.
After having reviewed the functioning and progress of works undertaken by the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) on 22.06.2022, the Lt. Governor, Shri V.K. Saxena, yesterday visited its Office/Lab Complex in Rohini to take stock of the situation on the ground. He was accompanied by the Chief Secretary and other senior officers of the stakeholder departments.
Appreciating the fact that FSL had over a period of time emerged as a body commanding wide respect in the field of Forensic Investigation, the LG yet again expressed concern at the large number of cases pending disposal and the inordinate delays in the institution’s expansion and upgradation efforts. Reiterating his directions to fill up vacancies at the earliest, he exhorted officials to immediately start faster disposal of cases by incentivizing and encouraging the existing man power.
Apart from visiting the Ballistic, Chemical Toxicology, Biology, Animal DNA, Finger & Print and Cyber Forensic Labs, Instrumentation Centres, the LG also inspected the record keeping procedures, the Mobile Labs run by FSL and the excavation works that were going on for expanding the existing building in the campus.
Detailed on-site insights and deliberations led to the following decisions being take and conveyed by Shri Saxena to officials concerned on the location itself;
1. The PWD was instructed to complete the upcoming building by March, 2023, by shortening the existing timeline,
2. The existing number of two mobile labs that ensured expeditious collection, preservation and analysis of samples were directed to be raised to six immediately by adding four new vans within three months. It was also decided that eventually all the 15 police districts should have 01 Mobile Forensic Lab, thereby raising the total number to 15,
3. It was directed that the work of retrofitting the existing labs with latest instruments and technology be expedited and any proposal pending in this regard be cleared forthwith,
4. FSL was directed to submit a monthly report on the progress being made in the disposal of pending cases to the LG, bringing out the incremental achievements therein,
5. Upon being informed that records including those of calls received were being maintained physically, it was directed that a comprehensive ERP solution be expeditiously be adopted and implemented by the institution.
Shri Saxena while going around the entire complex spread over 5 floors also pointed towards the general neglect and advised the officers concern to ensure top class upkeep and maintenance. This he said requires small efforts and can bring about huge visible changes.