In her first official meeting after assuming office, Chief Minister Anandi Patel met police chiefs of all districts, cities, senior IPS officers and district collectors in Gandhinagar on Tuesday to discuss the law and order situation and plan a network to monitor criminals and prevent crimes in the state.
Talking about ‘Sauna Saath Sauno Vikas’ model of the state government, Patel told the police officers that police department must work as a team and give importance to team work and coordination to bring complete control over crime. Anandi, who also holds the Home portfolio, stated that the police department should investigate “without any fear or favour” and its duty-boundness should be aimed at curbing crime and criminals.
She appealed to the police to go to the root of the problem for solving the received complaints and emphasised on the need for all-round transparent and speedy efforts to prevent crime.
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“The thrust was on security of women of all age groups, including young girls, working women and children, who have gone missing or have become victims of other heinous crimes. There has been an emphasis on their rehabilitation, counselling and use of special women helplines to aid them,” said S K Nanda, ACS Home.
The CM asked the civic administration and police department to adopt an integrated approach and to use the CCTV camera network installed to keep an eagle-eye view on crimes in the cities for public welfare.
Anandi emphasised on the police department’s coordination with the other departments and stated that to solve the problems and crimes pertaining to land, police and revenue department should co-ordinate if required. Similarly, police and road and building department should take concrete measures for the prevention of accidents on the highways.
“The police officers were asked to ensure that the cow slaughter issue is given importance and that those found guilty should be booked under Prevention of Anti-Social Activities. They were also told to ensure eradication of bootlegging network and narcotic activities with proper counselling to youth,” added Nanda.
The police were also told to improve the conviction rates in the state and also increase the co-ordination with the legal department to take timely advices and speed up investigations. Anandi also urged the police officers of all ranks to be sensitive, alert, open to the issues of all persons and provide an environment to the citizens to approach them freely. Gujarat MoS for Home Rajnikant Patel, Chief Secretary Dr Varesh Sinha and Additional DGP Pramod Kumar also spoke to police officers at the meeting. The meeting was also attended by Social Justice and Rights Minister Ramanbhai Vora, Law Minister Pradeepsinh Jadeja, Pricipal Secretary to CM G C Murmu, Secretary Vijay Nehra and other senior secretaries.