Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday said that law and order and corruption are two issues on which any government can be attacked by the Opposition.
Speaking after launching a drone camera surveillance system and installation of CCTV cameras at the modern Police Control Room in Lucknow, Akhilesh said he had recently observed at a programme that while doctors have treated one crore more patients, the Opposition will now claim that more people are falling ill under the SP regime. “Now that we have appointed special police officers (volunteers for community policing), the Opposition will say that thefts have increased. When I spoke about 1090 (women helpline) in Assembly, Opposition members spoke against it. I asked them if any such mechanism for women had existed earlier,” he said addressing police volunteers.
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“Despite claims by various parties, crime has not stopped… you will be surprised to see the crime records of various places,” he added.Akhilesh further said that while there have been several campaigns against corruption, it still exists. “We can only work towards eliminating it with the help of the people and technology,” he said.
The CM added that the installation of CCTV cameras in Lukcnow will make people behave and help in making the city secure. He stressed that the government was working on modernising police so that it can reach where it is needed as quick as an ambulance does.
Claiming that the SP had cleared most number of promotions in the police, Akhilesh said no government has appointed as many DGPs as his government. “…Only we have given extension to a DGP,” he said. Among those present on the occasion was DGP A K Jain who was given a three-month service extension last month. Jain who took charge on January 31, is the sixth DGP to have been appointed by the SP government in its tenure of three years.
Principal Secretary (Home) Debasish Panda said there are plans to install CCTV cameras at rooms where clerical staff sits in every police station to ensure that people are treated well. Recently, Lucknow Police has acquired four drones to be used for crowd management, traffic control and surveillance.