"Modernization scheme sanctioned for state police"
Scheme for modernization of state police forces has been approved by the government of India for extension for five years from 2012-13, said Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde in New Delhi on Tuesday.
The state government would be getting an enhanced funds from the current financial year for which a provision of about Rs. 2,000 crore which is available for modernization purposes. "It will supplement the police reform process and indicates the seriousness of Government towards police reforms in the country," said Shinde.
While inaugurating an ASSOCHAM conference on "Safety and Security: Need for Police Reforms" here, Shinde said that the government is also working on a robust cyber security structure that addresses threat management and mitigation, assurance and certification, specially building capacity and enhancing research.
Shinde said, "With the range of security challenges that this country confronts, several mechanisms are in place and others are under implementation. The reach of the multi-agency centre is proposed to be increased and efforts are on. The implementation of the crime and Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS) will be done shortly."
"The ministry of home affairs had set up an Expert Committee to draft a new Model Police Act. The Committee submitted a model Police Act. The Model Act was circulated amongst the states. So far 15 states have either enacted a new Police act or amended their existing Police Act. I expect that other states left behind would soon complete," he said.
During the conference, Neeraj Kumar, Commissioner of Police, Delhi, said that technology has become a fundamental asset in problem assessment trouble spotting through a series of pattern generation and predictive analysis.
Technology has enabled the integration of diverse system and has enabled the inter-operatability of hitherto, diverse stand alone systems and thus has streamlined and systematized the operational aspects of policing, he said.
He also said that technology will enable police to enforce discipline in traffic by intelligent traffic system, provide safety and security in the city by surveillance and CCTV system.
"I strongly believe that real reform takes place when institution of police functioning is according to rule of law and not according to rule of politics. He also added, it is ideal to stay police with the central government," said Kumar.
Kumar said that the police reforms must meet the demands of effectiveness, efficiency, which has a robust structure, able leadership accountable to the community and society. "The reforms must meet the standards of transparency, accountability and equity."
While answering the questions, Kumar said the police effectiveness should be judged by its capacity to prevent crime and make community safe and secure.
Cutting crime, of course, should not become a number game as non-registration of cases should have no place in open and equitable policing system, he said.
(Posted on 26-03-2013)