New Maharashtra Director General of Police Praveen Dixit is a firm believer of transparency. One of his first steps after he took over as the head of the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) was meeting visitors in the visitors’ room instead of his office. Every visitor who wants to meet Dixit is asked politely to wait in the visitors’ room and offered tea and biscuits. Dixit comes out of his cabin and meets them.
It was one of the several practices he introduced in the ACB to ensure transparency, since he took over on October 1, 2013. Over the next two years, he brought some more innovations, and it included uploading the status of cases on the ACB website. The move, Dixit said, was aimed at giving public the knowledge they were entitled to, as well as putting subtle pressure on his personnel that the pace of their work was on the internet for the scrutiny of all.
Dixit also encouraged the ACB personnel to adopt technology and created an ACB page on Facebook, and launched an app for people to report corruption through cell phones.
The number of traps and corruption cases registered showed an increase during his tenure.
As a senior IPS officer puts it, “The number of traps and cases in Mumbai remained the same, more or less. But what Mr Dixit did was to put rural ACB units in remote areas, which were hitherto dormant to the point of being unheard of, to work. Now, we see one trap almost every day from rural units, something we never saw before.”
Dixit, who has excellent academic records, was selected for the Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1977, and allotted the Maharashtra cadre. He served in numerous central government postings. In 1985, he served the Ministry of Home Affairs in New Delhi, Mumbai and also the ITBP. He won the President’s medal for meritorious service in 1997. He was Deputy Director of the Bureau of Immigration at New Delhi.
In 2000 he was posted at Yashvantrao Chavan Academy for Development of Administration, Pune, as Deputy Director General in charge of training. In 2002, Rotary International selected Dixit as a Fellow for Peace and Conflict Resolution.
Dixit’s next central posting was with Department of Personnel & Training, Government of India and Ministry of External Affairs and worked as coordinator of a team of experts. He was deputed to Mauritius under Indian Technological and Economic Co-operation from 2004 to 2006.
On returning to Maharashtra, Dixit worked as Additional Director General in charge of the Investigation Wing of the Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission and later as the Commissioner of Police, Nagpur City till august 2010, after which he was posted as Principal Secretary (Special) and was in charge of law and order in the Home department, Maharashtra. He bagged the President’s medal for distinguished services in 2011. He served as Director General of Police and Managing Director of Maharashtra State Police Housing & Welfare Corporation from 2011 to 2013, after which he took over as DG, ACB.
Dixit’s wife Arundhati writes a blog anuvadparijat.blogspot.in.