NEW DELHI: The Delhi government will soon call a meeting of all resident welfare associations (RWAs) and market associations to discuss and finalise modalities of installing CCTV cameras across the city, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday.
The move comes a day after Kejriwal claimed that a panel set up by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has recommended "mandatory permission from police" to install CCTV cameras.
"Del govt will soon call a meeting of all RWAs and mkt associations in Del to discuss and finalise modalities of installing CCTV cameras across Del.," Kejriwal tweeted on Thursday.
In a tweet on Wednesday, he claimed that mandatory provisions for installation of CCTV cameras would increase bribery.
"What will police see before giving CCTV license? On what basis will police give license? It will only increase bribery. Its a huge blow to women safety becoz all existing cameras in Del will have to be removed till they obtain license n all new CCTVs will have to wait for license," the CM had tweeted.
A six-member committee, constituted by the LG in May, is likely to regulate the installation of CCTV cameras in private and government buildings in Delhi, a official source said.
The panel has been tasked with framing standard operating procedures and regulatory framework related to installation, operation, monitoring and other issues concerning CCTVs in public places.
Observing that there was a need to strike a balance between security and right to privacy, right to life and property through regulation of CCTVs, the panel's report states that owners and handlers of CCTV systems monitoring a public place – including housing societies, marketplaces, government departments – will report to the DCP (Licensing).
The 'Delhi Rules for Regulation of CCTV Camera Systems in NCT of Delhi, 2018', drafted by a committee chaired by Principal Secretary (Home) Manoj Parida, was submitted to Baijal last week. The rules are proposed to be issued after getting feedback from stakeholders and people under the Delhi Police Act, 1978.