In a first of its kind initiative in the country, Delhi police today launched a web-based application through which a person can report loss of any document/article online or through a smartphone App.
Talking about the "revolutionary" step, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said "today Delhi Police has taken an effective step for the people of Delhi which is the first of its kind undertaken by any police force in India."
Elaborating on the new project, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said "the App, named 'Delhi Police Lost Report' is currently available on Android platform and can be downloaded from 'Google Play Store'. It will soon be available on other platforms and people would be able to download it from 'Windows App store' and 'Apple app store'."
People can report the loss of anything like a mobile phone or documents like passport through this App or they could also log in the Delhi Police's website to report things lost in Delhi, he said.
"People will be provided a digitally signed 'lost report' instantly which would greatly reduce public inconvenience," said Bassi.
The App was launched by Shinde in the presence of Minister of State (Home) R P N Singh, Delhi LT Governor Najeeb Jung and Bassi at Talkatora stadium in the presence a large number of police personnel.
Lauding the efforts of Delhi Police towards modernizartion, he said keeping in mind the changes the constant changes in society, Delhi police are bringing in innovation and transparency in their working.
"Delhi Police today launched a unique initiative of registering online lost reports for items and documents through mobile phones or websites which will be a foundation stone in the relationship between the police and the citizens.
"I believe that this scheme will develop the relationship between police and the people more trustworthy and friendly", he said.
Talking about the general problems the public faces, he said that to register complaints of lost articles or documents with the police, there are inconveniences which people have to go through. There are many instances when a person realizes late that he has lost his things or on a special occasion or time.
"Then the person does not know when he had lost his possessions and under the jurisdiction of which police station.
"Especially when the person is travelling, the specialty of this app is that while travelling if a person loses his mobile phone, laptop, passport or other important documents, he can register his complaint online, this is a revolutionary step taken by the Delhi Police," he said.
It becomes even more important to register a complaint for loss documents of items when its issuing authority asks for a police report stating the item has been lost. Lost report is legal certifying document.
"I have been told that with the help of this application, information registered through mobile or website will be produce a lost report (through/with) a digital signature in a few moments", he said.
Officials said a verification facility has been provided for those issuing duplicate documents. The information will be available permanently on the server of Delhi Police website and a print-out of the report can be available anytime by putting in the lost information number.
"The residents of Delhi will now have no problems in registering a lost report by the use of this App," said Shinde.