NAFIS Team Honored with Gold Award for Transformative Digital Re-engineering

NAFIS Team Honored with Gold Award for Transformative Digital Re-engineering
NAFIS Team Honored with Gold Award for Transformative Digital Re-engineering

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has extended heartfelt congratulations to the adept team behind the National Automated Fingerprint Identification System (NAFIS) at the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) for securing the esteemed Gold Award in the Excellence in Government Process Re-engineering for Digital Transformation Category-1. This recognition, bestowed by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), stands as a testament to the remarkable efforts exerted by the NAFIS team, setting a new benchmark for efficient governance. The Gold Award signifies the acknowledgment of NAFIS’s unwavering dedication to constructing a robust fingerprint identification system, perfectly aligned with the visionary objectives of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for a secure India.

Within the realm of crime control, NAFIS has earned recognition for pioneering transformative changes. The system’s core function revolves around a centralized fingerprint database, accessible to users spanning all States, Union Territories, and Central Agencies. This revolutionary establishment has significantly elevated the efficacy and precision of criminal detection and investigation procedures, resonating with the broader goal of maintaining national security.

The dynamic impact of NAFIS on crime control has been profound and far-reaching. Its introduction has streamlined the complex task of tracking inter-state criminals engaged in a myriad of criminal activities, transcending geographical limitations. The system’s implementation has empowered law enforcement agencies with enhanced operational ease, accuracy, and effectiveness, fortifying the nationwide fight against crime.

NAFIS stands as a centralized, web-based searchable database dedicated to crime and fingerprint-associated information. Managed from the Central Fingerprint Bureau in New Delhi under the stewardship of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), this innovative application is designed to collate fingerprint data from criminals across the entire spectrum of states and Union Territories.

A distinctive hallmark of NAFIS is its assignment of a unique 10-digit National Fingerprint Number (NFN) to each individual apprehended for criminal activity. This NFN acts as a lifelong identifier, seamlessly linking diverse criminal records registered under multiple First Information Reports (FIRs) to the same singular identification. This ingenious approach not only streamlines record-keeping but also elevates the overall efficiency of criminal investigations.

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), an essential entity established on March 11, 1986, under the umbrella of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, holds a pivotal role in the comprehensive collection and analysis of crime-related data encompassing the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Special and Local Laws (SLL). The NCRB, headquartered in New Delhi, emerges as a cornerstone in the nation’s concerted efforts toward crime control.

Leading the helm of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) is Director Vivek Gogia, whose guidance and vision play a pivotal role in driving the bureau’s impactful contributions to India’s safety and security landscape.