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Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday launched one of his dream projects — the UP-100 Police Emergency Management System — and claimed it is a strong reply to the Opposition, who are targeting him over law and order situation prevailing in the state.
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Akhilesh claimed that the Samajwadis have made a major change through the UP-100 service, as police would now reach the doorstep of people to redress their problems. He added that the service was being launched on Saturday in 11 districts, but would soon be available across the state.
Akhilesh said the service will bring an end to complaints that calls to police control rooms are not attended to promptly, and police personnel do not reach to help on time. Now, the CM claimed, police will reach to help within 15 to 20 minutes after UP-100 is called from any urban or rural area.
The chief minister also inaugurated nearly 1,302 buildings of the police department and laid the foundation for 90 such projects.
The UP-100 service is a central contact centre based in Lucknow to facilitate receiving information on emergencies related to crime, road accidents and other distress calls made through phone, text and email among others by ensuring round-the-clock operation. Police field services shall be provided through 3,200 GPS enabled four-wheelers and 1,600 two-wheelers.
Fire services and medical emergency services are also being integrated. Call executives will be able to communicate in regional dialects, and hearing and speech-impaired persons will be able to communicate with special communication officers through video calls.
Meanwhile, the high-tech initiative was dismissed by BSP chief Mayawati and BJP state president Keshav Prasad Maurya, who said the project is “a show-off and ineffective to control crime”.
Mayawati called the launch a “drama” and said such steps will not change the condition of law and order because Samajwadi Party lacks the willpower to make honest efforts to control crime. In a statement, Mayawati said the SP government should avoid making any decision, announcement or foundation stone-laying which it cannot not complete in time.
Maurya too targeted Akhilesh, saying the UP-100 service was a show-off introduced by the Akhilesh government with an eye on the Assembly elections early next year. He demanded the release of a white paper on the transfer of police and administration officers. “Law and order will be improved by increasing willpower and raising the morale of policemen, not by increasing the number of police personnel,” said Maurya.