A YEAR after he wrote to the Haryana government to end the commissionerate system in the state and received no response, Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij raised the issue on social media.
Lashing out at the prevailing system, Vij said that apart from being a burden on the state exchequer, it has not led to any improvement in the law and order situation.
In a series of tweets, Vij said previously there were only two SPs and four DSPs for Ambala and Panchkula but now there were three DCPs and 14 ACPs. “Ambala Police Commissionary is a burden on state exchequer without any improvement in law and order situation.” he tweeted.
The Haryana government had established the commissionerate system for Ambala and Panchkula in 2011. Gurgaon was the first to get a commissionerate system of policing in 2007 followed by Faridabad two years later.
Talking to The Indian Express, Vij said, “I wrote a letter a year ago stating that the commissionerate system be reviewed. I am yet to receive any reply. If any discussion was held on the issue in the government, I have not been told. The decision was taken during the previous Congress government led by B S Hooda. I brought this in public domain so that there could be a debate about it.”
Vij said there are three DCPs, of which one is for rural, adding nowhere in the country such an appointment has been made.
He said earlier a DIG used to be permanently deployed in Ambala and people could go to him with complaints, adding the Commissioner sits for some days in Panchkula and for others in Ambala, so people’s works are not getting done.
“For so many DCPs and ACPs, there is a need to provide cars and staff. It is putting unnecessary burden on the exchequer. Further, the rights and powers of police and civic authorities are intermingling. In case of any incident, no one knows if the DC or DCP will take action. There is a need to change this system,” said Vij.
Following Vij’s tweet, Randeep Surjewala, the media incharge of Congress, tweeted that the ministers of the Manohar Lal Khattar government were themselves talking about the failures of the police.
Vij retorted by tweeting that this decision was taken during the Congress government and they were trying to rectify it.