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National Forensic Infrastructure Enhancement Scheme


The Union Cabinet recently approved the National Forensic Infrastructure Enhancement Scheme (NFIES) to bolster scientific investigations across India and improve conviction rates in criminal cases.


  • Duration: 2024-25 to 2028-29
  • Aim: to address the pressing need for enhanced forensic capabilities in the country.
  • The NFIES seeks to establish campuses of the National Forensic Sciences University (NFSU) across various locations in India.
  • Additionally, it aims to augment the infrastructure of existing Central Forensic Science Laboratories and NFSU in Delhi.
  • This initiative is crucial, especially with the implementation of new criminal laws from July 1, which mandate forensic investigations for offenses carrying sentences of seven years or more.
  • Need of the Scheme: There is currently a significant shortage of trained forensic professionals in these labs, making the establishment of new campuses and laboratories imperative for efficient and timely criminal investigations.

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