Ex-gratia to family of police martyrs enhanced to Rs 20 lakh
Special efforts initiated to promptly dispose off criminal and exploitation cases against women : Chief Minister
Rs 309 crore allocated for Police Modernization
Decision taken to provide CUG service to Sub-Inspectors for better and continued communications
Modern control rooms like the one in Kanpur to be set up in Lucknow, Allahabad and Ghaziabad soon
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav today paid glowing tributes to the martryed policemen at Police Lines on occasion of the Police Smriti Diwas and assured the families of these policemen that the State Government was committed to taking all steps to ensure their welfare and well being. Informing that the State Government had hiked the ex-gratia amount to bereaved families of the martyrs to Rs 20 lakh, the Chief Minister said that the State Government has taken prompt decisions to promote policemen to keep up their morale. He also informed that keeping in mind the problems faced by women police personnel, separate barracks were being constructed in 320 police stations across the state.
Saying that the Government was doing a lot to equip the police force with modern weaponary and is also seriously tackling issues related with buildings etc., Mr Yadav said Rs 309 crore had been earmarked for modernization of the police and added that on the lines of the modern police control room at Kanpur, similar control rooms would soon be established at Lucknow, Allahabad and Ghaziabad. In near future, he said, Agra and Varanasi would also be brought under the ambit of this process. The Chief Minister said to ease traffic and better manage it, Highway Road Safety Network project had been commissioned in the state and that 80 per cent work had been completed on networking offices of senior police officers, police stations and control rooms through Crime and Criminal Networking System (CCTNS).
Mr Yadav said to improve communications, the government had approved a proposal to give CUGs to sub-inspectors. To improve investigations, stress was being laid on the scientific process and for this five forensic labs are being established in the state, Mr Yadav pointed out while adding that the State Government was working in a phased manner to increase the number of policemen so that the response time in case of a crime is minimized and prompt action be assured in serious cases and incidents. The Chief Minister also added that cases of crime and exploitation against women were being pursued seriously and expeditiously.
Online registration of complaints regarding atrocities against women, has been ensured which was one of its own kind in the country, he said while adding that girls and women faced with cranck calls, obscene calls and SMS now have the facility of 1090 women powerline and lakhs of harrassed women have been benefited by it and large number of accused have been acted upon. Mr Yadav also pointed out that NOCs were now being given by the fire department online under which on completion of all necessary conditions, building related approvals are given in 15 days and fire reports in three days. Underlining the significant role of the police, the Chief Minister said by being the largest police force in the country made it imperative on the UP Police to be on alert all the time and take their duties and responsibilities seriously. Mr Yadav further pointed out that crime was changing face fast and that the police needed to catch up with the new challenges like internet crime, cyber crime. For this, he added, cyber units had been established in every district for this purpose. Lauding the police force for maintaining peace and security at times of festivals, events, cultural and social programmes, the CM said any amount of appreciation would fall short of the work done by the state police. He expressed confidence that due to the alterness of police personnel, peace and tranquillity would remain undisturbed in the state during the coming festivals.
Admitting that the policemen faced some problems, Mr Yadav said the State Government was working hard to find solutions to their problems. He also expected from the police force that they would earn respect among the people, the children, women and other weaker sections in particular. The Chief Minister also placed a wreath at the Memorial and met families of brave policemen who laid down their lives in the line of duty. On the occasion, the DGP Mr AL Banerjee informed in detail about the history of Police Smriti Diwas and informed that between September 01, 2013 and August 31, 2014, 653 policemen were martyred across the country of which 126 were from UP.
Along with Ministers of the State Government, also present were Chief Secretary Mr Alok Ranjan, Principal Secretary (Home) Mr Debashish Panda, Secretary (Home) Mr Rajeev Agarwal, senior police officials and retired policemen.