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‘Election Mitra’: Andaman Cops Develop Chatbot For Effective Policing During Polls

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'Mitra Election': Andaman Police develops chatbot for effective policing during polls


This chatbot was born out of limited resources, says DGP Devesh Srivastva

Port Blair:

Two young police officers stationed in a remote district of Andaman and Nicobar Islands (ANI) have made the entire Union Territory police department proud with their in-house chatbot called ‘Election Mitra’.

Developed by North and Central Andaman SP Geetanjali Khandelwal (IPS) and Rangat SDPO Rahul L Nair (IPS), ‘Election Mitra’ has been trained on all Election Commission of India (ECI) manuals regarding the roles and responsibilities of the police.

It provides quick and accurate answers to user queries by referring to authentic sources, an official said.

This initiative underlines DGP Devesh Chandra Srivastva’s emphasis on development and use of state-of-the-art technology in day-to-day police work, the official added.

Geetanjali Khandelwal, a former army captain and 2015 AGMUT cadre IPS officer, is not only known for being an excellent team leader in catching poachers in deep jungles and at sea, but also for her involvement in various social initiatives.

These include providing free coaching to school students, offering self-defense training to girls and conducting self-sustainability workshops for rural women.

Rahul L Nair (AGMUT cadre 2021), currently serving as SDPO at Rangat in North and Central Andaman, was also part of Geetanjali Khandelwal’s team and played a key role in the creation of ‘Election Mitra’.

Devesh Srivastva said, “This chatbot was born out of limited resources and extensive discussions with various stakeholders involved in the election process. There was a need to ensure that all police personnel, down to the last man, should be ready and always available to access authentic information from the ECI, in a user-friendly and interactive manner.” The ‘Election Mitra’ can be easily accessed through scanning a QR code distributed to the rank and file of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Police and the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF), which is deployed for electoral duties in the islands.

In addition to the chatbot, another technological initiative has been launched: geotagging and color coding of all polling stations, vulnerable spots, locations of repeat offenders and history books, and other useful/relevant information.

“These geotagged maps are available on the Google Maps platform and have been made available to all field police personnel and CAPFs deployed on election duties by scanning the QR code. The launch of these initiatives underlines the continued commitment of the Andaman and Nicobar Police to embrace innovation and leveraging technology to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections in the archipelago,” the DGP added.

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