Gujarat plans to install ATMs in police stations
AHMEDABAD, Mar 10, 2013 (Khaleej Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The 1,200-odd police stations in Gujarat will soon have automated teller machines (ATMs) of different banks on their premises.
The Reserve Bank of India has approved the state government's proposal to this effect after a spate of ATM thefts were reported in Ahmedabad and other cities.
The idea was mooted by officials of the home department during their recent meeting with regional RBI officials for discussing steps to make ATMs theft-proof.
While the police station will offer space in a corner for the ATM, banks will have to arrange for security guards, closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, furniture and water-coolers, among other facilities.
During the past two years, the Gujarat has not only witnessed several incidents of tampering with ATMs with thieves often even escaping with the impregnable cash-dispensing machines.
S K Nanda, Additional Chief Secretary (Home), told that the move would not only give bank customers a sense of safety but would also break barriers between the police and citizens who generally kept away from police stations.
A top bank official said with banks planning more ATMs, the number of ATMs in the country was expected to grow to 160,000 over the next two years throwing up serious security challenges.
Following a Gujarat High Court order, the Gujarat government has already decided to install CCTV cameras in all 632 police stations across the state.
CCTV cameras have already been put in place in police stations in Junagadh and Rajkot districts and work is on to position them in Ahmedabad's 40 police stations.
A top police officer told that CCTV watch would not only facilitate better supervision during interrogations but would also ensure pubic safety and force discipline in police stations.
All the four major cities of Gujarat are also set to come under CCTV surveillance what with CCTV cameras being installed at all busy road junctions, railway stations, important buildings and sensitive areas.
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