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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

‘Forensic lab will be fully functional once scientific staff is recruited’

PANAJI: Informing that no scientific staff has been recruited at the Forensic Science Laboratory located at Verna since 2008 when the project was completed under Modernization of Police Fund, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, on Tuesday, informed the state legislative assembly, through a written reply that the laboratory would be fully functional for analysis of crime exhibits related to chemical, biological and physical sciences, once the scientific staff is recruited and other required hi-end equipments, low cost equipments, chemicals and glassware are procured.

“The recruitment of scientific staff is under process by the Goa Public Service Commission,” he added.
The written reply to a question from the independent MLA from Fatorda Vijai Sardesai further stated that presently the Finger Print Bureau and part of the Forensic Science Laboratory is fully functional.
“The procurement of additional sophisticated hi-end equipments, low cost equipments, chemicals and glass ware is under process, and the estimated cost of expenditure towards them is approximately Rs 1.6 crores,” it noted, informing that there is no proposal for further expansion of this laboratory.
It was further informed that out of Rs 4.07 crores released by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, in the year 2011, under the XIth Plan Project for setting up of one regional forensic science laboratory and 2 district mobile  forensic units Goa, it has been possible to incur expenditure of Rs 3.36 crores so far, towards procurement of machinery, equipment, salary, vehicles, glassware, chemicals, housekeeping, etc.
The written reply further informed that 2 district mobile forensic units, which have been procured, are visiting crime scenes and assisting investigating officers in collection of scientific evidences, and are used round the clock in the state.
“The toxicology division of the Forensic Science Laboratory has started accepting viscera cases, while its biology division is accepting exhibits for detection of blood, for examination and report from July, 2016,” it noted.

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