After IAS Week ,now IPS demands for Police week in Uttar Pradesh
With Chief Minister's nod for revival of IAS week which will be celebrated in January next year, now the Uttar Pradesh officers of Indian Police Services Association (IPSA) will meet Akhilesh Yadav to get his approval for the much-awaited 'Police Week' last organised in 2007.
A meeting in this regard was held by the members of IPSA on last Saturday under the leadership of President of the Association Atul, who is also the seniormost IPS officer of the state. An IPSA delegation will now meet Chief Minister after Deepawali to invite him for the Police Week.
The cancellation of Police Week had not only deprived cops from annual celebration of the Police Department or sops given to them during 'Senior Officers Sammelan', but for many years those awarded President's medal for bravery and other services during Independence Day and Republic Day also could not be honoured in absence of police week.
Interestingly, after much hue and cry, it was Ms Mayawati who honoured the officers in a simple function but still the Governor who traditionally felicitates the officers during Police Week, was not invited in the function.
The cloud over the Police Week started soon after BSP came to power in May in 2007.
The traditional 'Police Week' has about eight decade-old history. It was even celebrated with much fan fare during the British period and was also attended by the first Prime Minister Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru here in Lucknow in 1952 when he gave 'Police Colour', to the state police. Since 1912, it was either held at Moradabad during winters or in Nainital during summers but from 1941 onwards, it was always held here at Lucknow during winters.