Surveillance has been stepped in North Block for security purposes as CCTV cameras have been installed at key locations on the ground and the first level of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The cameras have been installed above all junction points.
This is in addition to the CCTVs monitoring CISF personnel who guard the parameter of government buildings including MHA. CISF also uses body cameras, X-ray machine and metal door detectors for surveillance activities.
Multiple CCTVs have been installed on the first floor, which houses the offices of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, junior ministers, Home Secretary, CBI director, IB chief, and joint secretaries.
MHA sources said the installation is part of “a routine upgradation” since there are multiple CCTVs installed in the finance ministry.
Officials responsible for managing security in North Block said CCTVs are being installed in other offices too.
However, few officers expressed apprehension that they would now be constantly under watch.
There is already access control with the reception on the ground floor, which allows entry of persons in North Block. A top officer on condition of anonymity said, “It is not that what we do or who we meet is not being monitored already, but the cameras above rooms will make officials conscious.”
The officer said they are already aware of the surveillance cameras. The new CCTVs will help authorities in better surveillance of North Block.
Interestingly, even the entry door to the media room meant for journalists has been brought under the surveillance ambit.
Source By Indiatoday