2040 WITHDRAWN POLICE PERSONNEL TO BE DEPLOYED FOR POLICING AFTER 3 MONTHS INTENSIVE COMMANDO TRAINING: SUKHBIR
· All corporation towns to be under eagle eye of intensive CCTV surveillance
· Sukhbir okays Rs. 100 crores for CCTV project
· Vehicles using unauthorized Red Light would be impounded after 10th June
· Wrong parked vehicles to be towed away
· Punjab becomes first state to have women commandos
Chandigarh, May 29: The Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal reiterated his commitment to improve the policing, traffic management in the state and said that 2040 security guards withdrawn from the protectees’ after new guidelines would be given intensive 3 months commando training before inducted in general policing especially in the remote areas.
Addressing the media after having a look at 109 vehicles withdrawn from the Ministers, Chief Parliamentary Secretaries, MLAs, MPs, Civil Officers, Judicial Officers, Serving and Retired Police Officers, Mr. Badal said that on his instructions a broad review of security was taken and for the first time systematic categorization of protectees’ was done and norms were set for providing security cover to the protectees’. He said that after the finalization of norms excess security personnel and vehicles were withdrawn as he felt that it was becoming more of a ‘status symbol’ rather than genuine threat perception.
Terming it as a initiation of reforms in the Police Department Mr. Badal said that number of protectees’ after broad review have come down from 2750 to 2500 and 2040 excess security personnel were withdrawn. 109 withdrawn security vehicle include 49 Gypsies, 1 BP Car, 2 Ambassador cars, 20 Tavera, Bolera, Sumo, Scorpio, Qualis, Marshal Getway, 1 Verna, 1 Ritz, 5 SX4 and 30 Motorcycles.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that earlier over 10000 police personnel were on security duty which has come down to 7900 and now individual threat perception of 2500 odd protectees’ was being studied and he hoped that number of protectees’ would further come down.
Giving the details of due norms, Mr. Badal said that no officer, howsoever, high he may be would not be provided pilot vehicle and officers above the rank of ADGP would be given escort vehicle. He said that he personally felt that police job was basically policing and police should focus on that. He said that the withdrawn police personnel were equal to 25 companies that Punjab use to summon at the time of any crisis.
Giving strict warning on misuse of Red light Mr. Badal said that clear rules were being framed for entitlement of Red light and entitled persons would be given new stickers by 10th June and after 10th June any vehicle using Red light unauthorizedly would be impounded. Similarly, vehicle using Black films would also be impounded after 10th June. He said that enforcement officers like SDMs and DSPs could use Blue lights.
Mr. Badal said that withdrawn vehicles and personnel would be sent to the remotest areas to improve the general policing.
Mr. Badal said that he has issued directions to the DGP to strictly enforce traffic by laws in the state especially in the corporate towns. He said that he has approved Rs.100 crores to put all corporation towns and highways under intensive surveillance of CCTV cameras. He warned that all wrongly parked vehicles would be towed away.
Lauding the Punjab Police for taking preventive measures by arresting terrorists and recovering RDX, Mr. Badal said that Punjab is the first state that has trained 61 women commandos for their inclusion in Special Security Group.
Mr. Sumedh Singh Saini, DGP, Punjab and Mr. Hardeep Singh Dhillon, Additional DGP, Intelligence and Security were present on the occasion.