Checking cabbies' antecedents by Dec 31 an uphill task for cops

Checking cabbies' antecedents by Dec 31 an uphill task for cops

It seems the City police officials are racing against time even as they have set themselves a December 31 deadline to verify the antecedents of all taxi drivers plying in the City. This has been taken up while they are still in the process of conducting background verification of staff in all the schools in the City.

Police officials said it would take about 21 days for them to process an application and update the report on the person. As per the data available with the Transport department, there are 3,539 taxis with permits to ply inside Bengaluru. There are 71,245 cabs in all, registered across the State.

Considering the number of days required per application and the number of taxi drivers in the City, the police would have to devote most part of their day for background verification if they have to meet the deadline.

To simplify the process, the police officials are going to limit themselves to verification of details through the Crime Criminal Information System (CCIS) only, City Police Commissioner M N Reddi said.

He added that it was not feasible for them to extend the background verification beyond cross checking through the CCIS.

The process would go thus: If any company desires to get the background verification done for its employees, it would have to apply online through www.bcp.gov.in. By clicking on the PVC option, one can access the application form for verification. On paying a fee of Rs 250 per application, the verification process would be initiated.

The police will run the details through the CCIS and if the person’s name does not figure in this list, he will be given a ‘No Objection Certificate.’

The data available to the police through the CCIS is limited to State records. They would not have information of any cases registered against a person outside the State jurisdiction. But, this would not pose a hurdle as the Transport department issues permits for driving taxi to only those who have resided in Karnataka for the past ten years, M N Reddi said.

In case the company wants information prior to this period of an employee who has migrated from another state, they would have to approach the respective police station in the native place of that employee, he added.

However, even though the verification is based on the data available in the CCIS, the police will take up cursory field inquiry to ensure that the addresses given in the application form are correct, said Additional Commissioner of Police (law and Order) Alok Kumar.

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