New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday said the Centre and the states should provide exact information on the installation of CCTV cameras in police stations, as the matter involves the fundamental rights of the citizens under Article 21 of the Constitution.
A bench comprising Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman, Navin Sinha and Indira Banerjee said: "We wish to know the exact position as to CCTV cameras in police stations as well as the constitution of oversight committees in accordance with our order dated April 3, 2018 in SLP (Crl.) 2302 of 2017."
The observation from the bench came after going through the orders of July 16 and August 5 this year, and also the August 11 report filed by Siddharth Dave, amicus curiae, along with the Centre's affidavit.
"We also expect the Chief Secretary of the states and Union Territories to take this matter seriously and in right earnest since it involves the fundamental rights of the citizen under Article 21 of the Constitution of India," said the bench.
Additional Solicitor General Madhavi Divan, appearing for the Union of India, informed the court that she will attempt to get whatever figures she has and place them on affidavit before the next date of hearing.
The bench emphasised that it called upon all the states and UTs, making them a party in the case, in order to find out the exact position in connection with each police station.
The top court directed the Registry to issue a notice to the Chief Secretary of each state and UT to respond on the following points: "1. What exactly is the position with respect to CCTV cameras fitted in each and every police station in the State or Union Territory and 2. What is the position qua constitution of Oversight Committees in accordance with our order dated April 3, 2018."
The bench said the data should be furnished positively before the next date of hearing, which is November 24.
"All affidavits filed in the future in this proceeding as well as other documents are to be supplied by the Registry to the learned amicus curiae," noted the bench.
The order came on a plea filed by Paramvir Singh Saini, which raised issues with audio-video recording of statements and installation of CCTV cameras in police stations.
New Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS) In a key initiative to promote 'Make in India' and give a boost to the government's vision of 'Atmanirbhar Bharat', the country's largest power producer NTPC Ltd has thrown open a vast land bank within its power plants to Indian companies interested in setting up industrial parks and manufacturing facilities.
The power producer has invited expression of interest (EoI) from companies and MSMEs for setting up energy intensive manufacturing plants such as bulk chemicals, geopolymer, cooling & heating solutions, aluminum, mineral processing (ceramics, tiles, pottery, brick, glass etc), metallurgical and metal industries (foundries, forging, alloys, heat treatment, steel rerolling, etc) in the industrial parks to be developed at its existing power plants.
The pilots in this regard would be set up in the NTPC Thermal Power plants at Solapur (Maharashtra), Kudgi (Karnataka) and Gadarwara (Madhya Pradesh), a company statement said.
These industrial parks will be subjected to requisite approvals from respective state and central government. NTPC will process these approvals based on responses received in the EoI, the statement added.
The government has announced a slew of economic packages aimed to build self-reliant India by creating conducive investment environment and developing manufacturing hubs.
NTPC's power plants across the country have evolved into economic centres with robust infrastructure system in place.
Capitalising on the economic ecosystem developed over a period of time, NTPC is exploring ideas to improve utilisation of land within its plant locations for enhancing economic activity and further contributing to economic growth of the country.
The initiative will create industrial parks within the power plants which, besides offering advantage of reliable electricity supply at competitive prices, will provide other benefits of readily available infrastructural services like adequate water supply, accessibility through road and rail network, robust connectivity with internet lease lines, accessibility to township, medical facilities and local market along with various testing facilities which will be co-opted on need basis.
As part of the plan, NTPC will enter into separate agreement with prospective entities for allotment of spaces.
With a total installed capacity of 62.9 GW, NTPC Group has 70 power stations comprising of 24 coal, 7 combined cycle gas/liquid fuel, 1 hydro, 13 renewables along with 25 Subsidiary & JV power stations. The group has over 20 GW of capacity under construction, of which 5GW comprises of renewable energy.