New Delhi/Chandigarh, April 15 (Bharatsandesh News): The Punjab today strongly opposed the move of Union Government to introduce new law and procedure of investigation in some crimes that may have national or international ramifications, terming it as a encroachment upon the authority of the state governments but sought massive infusion of funds to control such crimes.
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Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Punjab, participating in the Conference of Chief Ministers on 5th Report on Public Order of 2nd Administrative Reforms Commission, presided over by Union Home Minister Mr. Sushil Kumar Shinde underlined that such encroachments would not only harm policing in particular but would also harm the national interest in general. He said that instead of enacting new law massive funding was required to control crime which have been interstate and national ramification especially, Organized Crime, Terrorism, Acts threatening National security, Trafficking in arms and human beings, Sedition, Major crimes with inter-state ramification, Assassination of (including attempts on) major public figures including Serious economic offences.
Underlining the responsibility of the Government of India to ensure sufficient funds for control of serious federal and interstate crimes, the Punjab Deputy Chief Minister said that India must learn a lesson from USA that clamped down hard after the one and only terrorist attack in New York. He lamented that in contrast our funding to control serious crime is virtually non-existent and whatever meager funds were provided they are spread thinly for years. He said that the Government of India used to provide 75% funds for police modernization that has been reduced to 60% now.
Seeking enhancement of modernization budget by the multiple of hundred, Mr. Badal suggested that police modernization should be funded entirely from the federal budget to keep nation safe from foreign funded terrorists or institutionalized big crime syndicates.
Welcoming the report of Administrative Reforms Commission, Mr. Badal reminded that while implementing these recommendations we must remember the golden rule that the Constitution of India had laid down a federal structure of government maintaining that India is a Union of States and the maintenance of law and order was a State subject and there should not be any deviation from this.
Describing Punjab as a pioneer state in implementing Administrative reforms in all departments especially in Police department, Mr. Badal said that Punjab was first state in the country that introduce the element of accountability an enacting Right to Service Act covering more than 84 services which was now being replicated by Union Government for few selected services. He said that providing of Civil Services of Police Department in Sanjh Kendras boosting the morale of Constabulary and police force by providing them highest pay grades, providing inculcating etiquettes amongst the police forces by providing specialized and computer oriented training, fixing timelines for provision of each service, the Punjab has made a noble model of policing that other states were now following.
Dwelling on the new concept of night policing started by Punjab, Mr. Badal said that by doing so Punjab has a dedicated force for night dominance headed by separate Superintendents of Police in each district. He said that by the experiment of night policing Punjab has been able to curb petty property crimes, affecting the common man most.
The Punjab Deputy Chief Minister who is also holding the charge of Home department said that Punjab government had already implemented most of the recommendation regarding Police reforms it passed The Punjab Police Act in 2007. He said that a large number of recommendations of the Fifth Report of the Second Administrative Reforms Commission such as separation of crime investigation from other police functions, establishment of a State Police Board, welfare and grievance redressal mechanism for police personnel, Police Complaints Authority and police training have been addressed in the Punjab Police Act.
Focusing on efforts of State to bridge the distance between the police and the community, Mr. Badal said that community Policing project initiated by Punjab named Sanjh Project has been implemented throughout the State. He said that for redressal of public grievances. 90 Sub-Divisional Centres and 54 Outreach Centres are functional as on date. 25 Police Services are delivered through these Saanjh Kendras in the whole state of Punjab. Upto the 31st of March, 2013, 16.82 lakh applications/complaints were received in these Saanjh Kendras throughout the state; out of which 16.58 lakh service applications have been disposed off and services delivered under Right to Service Act. This Act was enacted by the Government of Punjab in 2011.
Giving a big thrust to gender sensitization, Mr. Badal informed that Punjab is in the process of recruiting 338 ladies Sub-Inspectors and 1200 lady Constables will be recruited in a phased manner over a period of three years. He said that in addition to these, six posts of lady DSPs and 36 lady Inspectors have been approved to provide promotional avenues, besides improving the ratio of female in the force.
Mr. Badal said that Punjab is the first state to provide rapid rural police response system for immediate and timely response to calls for police service to ensure comprehensive and round the clock security in rural areas. He said that 585 state of the art motorbikes and 289 multi utility vehicles fitted with all necessary police equipment will be provided for this purpose at the cost of Rs 34 crores.
Mr. Badal also highlighted measures taken for NRIs, redeployment of security personnel and vehicles by rationalizing VIP security and focus on training of Police personnel.
Dwelling on the recommendations for separating investigation from law & order duty, Mr. Badal opined that the Chief of Investigation Wing should be under DGP and Punjab Police had already issued a clear standing order separating investigation from law & order duty.
Mr. Badal also spoke on Accountability of Law and Order Machinery, Police Establishment Committee but in the case of direct appointment of eminent Lawyers for prosecution, Mr. Badal said that short term hiring of advocates would not make them accountable like regular cadre of prosecution machinery. Mr. Badal also gave his views on Local Police and Traffic Management, Reducing burden of Police – Outsourcing Non Core Functions, Welfare Measures for the Police, Independent Complaint Authorities, An Independent Inspectorate of Police, Improvement of Forensic Science Infrastructure – Professionalization of Investigation, Strengthening Intelligence Gathering, Training of the Police, Gender Issues in Policing, Prison Reforms.
Mr. Badal opposed the recommendation regarding abolition for the post of constable but suggested that recruitment process should be made totally transparent and they needed to be empowered by better training and welfare measures. Mr. Badal also sought total central funding for modernization of Jails, equipping them with jammers, CCTV cameras and linking the Jails with Courts through video conferencing besides continuation of annual plan for modernization of prisons that expired in 2009.