Chief Minister of India’s biggest capital driving state Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis announced on Wednesday that from January 1, all police stations in Maharashtra will start registering First Information Reports (FIRs) online and the complainant will get a copy of the complaint on WhatsApp, along with a SMS confirming the filing.
This announcement came on the last day of the winter session of the Assembly during his reply to Opposition criticism on the deteriorating law and order condition in the state.
“Every police station will be online and paperless. For that, every police station must register FIR electronically, as per the guidelines of the Central government. While none of the states have done it, we initiated the process and completed the project,” said Mr Fadnavis.
He said every police station has the provision to register FIR electronically. “At some places, they register it manually first because lack of experience. From January 1, the complainant will receive an SMS and the FIR copy will be sent via WhatsApp,” he said.
The government, he added, will also conduct surprise checks to keep a tab on police stations which are not working as per these instructions.