Need to discourage the tendency of using the security cover as a status symbol on the part of people holding positions of authority: CM 7-04-2015
Chandigarh April 7: While calling for action to carry out a complete overhaul of the image of Haryana Police, the Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal today emphasized the need to discourage the tendency of using the security cover as a status symbol on the part of people holding positions of authority. He disclosed that after assuming the charge of Chief Minister of State, he has reduced as many as 700 security personnel deployed in VIP security including 183 from his own personal security. This was stated by the Chief Minister during a meeting with Mr Jayant Umrankikar, Director General of Police (Retd.) Maharashtra regarding police reforms here today. He said that he has removed extra 700 security personnel deployed in VIP security throughout the State which is equivalent to the police force of one district alone. Mr Manohar Lal said we should introspect which situation leads to occurrence of crime. He emphasized upon the need to involve all sections of society in checking its occurrence. The Chief Minister said that police should be made more sensitive towards the citizens. While a crime less society is a utopia, the concerned must immediately register every report after occurrence of crime. Keeping this in view, the State Government has launched Har Samay a 24x7 Citizen Portal’ of Police Department on which anybody could lodge complaint online related to any crime. He assured that any refusal on the part of a police personnel to register victims’ complaint would be viewed vigorously. The Chief Minister suggested creating more awareness in the society about the alternate dispute redressal systems like Lok Adalats as with this, various disputes could be resolved amicably. He also quoted the example of Gram Panchayats who used to take decisions and as a result of this, many disputes were settled without the police action. The Chief Minister said that he was of the view that the good work done by Khap Panchayats should be acknowledged and appreciated just as their wrong decisions should be condemned. He said that in a democratic system, everybody should get justice and all out efforts should be made in this direction. Haryana Director General of Police (DGP) Mr Yashpal Singhal thanked the Chief Minister for making concerted efforts for bringing reforms in the functioning of police department ever since he took over the charge of Chief Minister of the State. He said that he was sure that the image of the Haryana Police would get a complete makeover in the next three years. He said that complete transparency would be ensured in the recruitment process which would be based on written examination and physical fitness test. The DGP also thanked the Chief Minister for approving about 17 proposal of the department including two new Forensic labs and mobilization of police force. Earlier, Mr Jayant Umrankikar, Director General of Police (Retd.) gave a detailed presentation on the Police Reforms. He suggested the need of empowerment of State Intelligence Agencies and provision of contingency fund for every police Station. He also lauded the State Government for implementing e-governance in the police department by launching ‘Har Samya’ web portal. Haryana Education Minister Mr Ram Bilas Sharma, Finance Minister Capt. Abhimanyu, PWD (B&R) Minister Rao Narbir Singh, Cooperation Minister Mr Bikram Singh Yadav, Minister of State for Social Justice and Minister Mr Krishan Bedi, MLAs namely Mr Shyam Singh Rana, Mr Krishan Pawar, Mr Subhash Sudha, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary, Home Mr P.K Mahapatra, OSDs to Chief Minister namely Mr Bhupeshwar Dayal and Capt. Bhupinder and other senior officers of Police Department were also present in the meeting.