A letter from UP’s Director General of Police (DGP) headquarters to nearly all police bodies in the state has left senior officers curious on how to approach the matter.
The reason: Without giving any clear directions on whether they have to make the purchase, the letter mentions that photographs of DGP Arvind Kumar Jain — priced at Rs 275 each — are available at Naini Photo Service in Hazratganj, Lucknow.
Jain, who took charge on February 1, will retire on March 31 — in a month-and-a-half from now.
The letter was issued by the DGP’s assistant, Inspector General B P Jogdand, on February 14. The letter from the DGP headquarters was sent to all DGs, ADGs, IGs, DIGs of ranges, district and Government Railway Police SPs, PAC commandants and SPs of other police wings among others.
It stated that “8X10 inch colour photograph of DGP A K Jain affixed on a frame of 14X8 inch at a price of Rs 275 is available with Naini Photo Service at Hazratganj in Lucknow”.
The letter, which carries Jogdand’s signature, does not mention any direction to buy or put up the photograph.
Social activist Dr Nutan Thakur, taking an umbrage to the direction, has written to the DGP, asking him to “reconsider” the decision.
Pointing out that the DGP’s order to “have his photograph installed at the offices of senior police officers across the state” will incur huge expenses and that too for just one-and-a-half-months, she requested Jain to take it back.
When contacted, Jogdand said: “This is not new but a tradition almost 60 years old… An information is often sent out about the DGP’s approved photograph being available at a particular shop. There is no direction to buy or put it up at police stations or other offices. The name of the shop is mentioned to emphasise that the photograph approved by the DGP is available there, but there is no compulsion to buy the photograph from that shop.”