Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Tuesday gave a go-ahead to the implementation of police commissionerate system in the two cities of Uttar Pradesh — Lucknow and Noida, where Additional Director General of Police rank officer will be appointed as commissioner and he would have two Inspector General of police Rank officers as his deputies.
The earlier system of having District Magistrates would be done away in these two cities on an experimental basis and the current system would be monitored in a six-monthly review basis to know its effectiveness in handling law and order better.
Making an announcement about the new decision, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath called it the biggest step of his Government towards police reforms, which was need of the hour for decades. Chief Minister said that despite a long pending demand, previous governments did not implement the system for which there is a provision even in the police act as previous governments did not have the political will to do it.
“Police vibhag ka sabse bara kadam aaj humari sarkar ne udhaya hai” said Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, after the decision was cleared by his cabinet. Two deputy Chief Ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma along with other senior colleagues of the cabinet were with Chief Minister to make the announcement.
Blaming the failure to implement the system in the state so far to lack of political will, Chief Minister clarified that as per Police act, the system is to be implemented in the cities with more than 10 lakh population and added, “But because of lack of political will it could not be implemented… For years, there was a demand in Uttar Pradesh but it was neglected..”
He informed that as per the 2011 census, the population of Lucknow was around 29 lakh and would be around 40 lakh at present, whereas population that of NOIDA was around 16 lakh and would be around 25 lakh that of Gautam Budh Nagar district.
While there would be 40 police stations in Lucknow, which would include two new Police Stations. Chief Minister said that similarly, some two new police stations would be developed in NOIDA as well.
Giving details of the new system and how it would work, Chief Minister informed that in Lucknow while there would be one Additional Director General of Police rank officer, who would be made Commissioner, he would have two joint police commissioners under him, who would be Inspector General of Police rank officers. These two Joint police commissioners would look after Law and order and crime and would have 9 SP rank officers under them.
Apart from these, the new team would also have a special SP appointed for women security to ensure that there control of crime related to women and also there is timely investigation in cases of crime against women, informed Chief Minister, adding that the special SP women, would also ensure that Charge sheets are filed timely in cases of crime against women.
Also, there would be another SP rank officer, who would be incharge of Traffic management and would have an Additional SP rank officer under him. He said that CCTV cameras would be installed at different places in these two cities for better traffic management and also for law and order.
Meanwhile in NOIDA, while ADG rank officer would be appointed as Commissioner, he would have two DIG rank officers working under him, whereas five Superintendent of police under two DIGs. Like Lucknow, NOIDA would also a special Superindent of police for women security and another for Traffic. Chief Minister said that magisterial powers would be delegated to these officers, whose 15 sets of new powers have been assigned.
Claiming that it is a “Significant day for police reform and policing system in the state”, Chief Minister said that the step aims at providing better security and better law and order and would also instill faith in the mind of the common man.
“Uttar Pradesh ki 23 crore up ki suraksha ke liye jo bhi kadam udhane parenge udhaywnge…” said Chief Minister. (What ever steps are required for security of 23 crore people of Uttar Pradesh would be taken by us)