Police head constable Ravindra Ingavale, who has been credited with the development of over 20 computer programmes for Pune and other districts, was recently felicitated at a Computer Awareness convention, organised by NCRB (National Crime Records Bureau) in New Delhi. His innovative “Complaint Application Management System” that enables police officials in the state to type and read complaints in Unicode Marathi font, which was earlier done in either English or fragmented Devanagari that was difficult to read and interpret, won second prize at the convention.
The application has been developed by Ingavale without any external help or extra expenditure. An estimated cost for developing a similar software through a private firm is over a lakh rupees. “The application deals with the complaints and remarks by people and government respectively. Earlier, this process was done manually and was time-consuming. Difficulty in the interpretation of the fragmented font caused many errors. But with the introduction of unicode Marathi font, the process is going to be much easier for the staff workers,” said Ingavale. A statement by Police Commissionerate read that Ingavale’s felicitation at the 59th All India Police Duty Meet is the first major achievement for Pune in the Computer Awareness convention and has raised the morale of the police personnel in the city.
“Digitisation is the need of this century. But for the people in police force, who can’t adapt to English, which is the primary language for computers, it is becoming increasingly difficult to work. This application can make their work interesting. If their interest increases, they might become more efficient and people-friendly,” says Ingavale.