Make A Rajasthan Where Women Can Roam Freely Even In Midnight

Third Day of Collector-SP Conference

Chief Minister Smt. Vasundhara Raje has said that the district collectors and Superintendents of Police should work as a team to make Rajasthan a model state in terms of peace and prosperity. She said that we were already a peaceful state in comparison to many other states, but more rigorous efforts needed to achieve such a crime-free situation where women can roam around freely out of their homes even in midnight. She expressed concerns on rumour-mongering through social media, whatsapp etc and directed the SPs for better use of these very social media platforms to counter false propaganda.

On the third day of District Collector-Superintendent of Police Conference at the Chief Minister Office on Friday, Smt. Raje said that the district collector was face of government in the district, likewise the SP was the face of law & order. The police would work professionally and be polite as well as firm in their behaviour, she said. She directed that the policemen should be humane, patient and respectful to the rights of citizens.

She stated that the police should be aware of the fact that disruption in social and communal harmony would take a toll on development of the state. If minor incidents were dealt with in time, some major mis-happenings could easily be averted, the CM said.

The Chief Minister directed the police officers to be polite and courteous with the public representatives and said that as these representatives were directly answerable to the public, cordial equation with them could help in better policing. She said that job of the police was to serve the public and the officers should give priority to the field visits and night halts, which would help them reach close to ground reality and make their network strong.

Smt. Raje said that the SPs should regularly attend meetings of the district level vigilance committees, committees related to atrocities against SCs and STs, Police-prosecution and meeting with District Judge for expeditious disposal of criminal cases. This would help in crime control, she added.

The CM directed for special attention on regular vigilance, use of social media, regular patrolling, prompt and proper investigation. She said that on several occasions land disputes flare-up as major incidents and such issues must be resolved at local level itself. She further suggested for GIS mapping of sensitive areas, use of CCTV and video cameras along with advanced technology modern tools.

The Chief Minister announced to give an award to the district having maximum number of crime-free villages on the occasion of Rajasthan Diwas. She said that to achieve this, grievance of every single person reaching to the police should be heard. It must be ensured that the commoners were not victimized further for registration of FIRs by sending them from one police station to the other, she said.

Smt. Raje said that the police officials should take note of major festivals and fairs of different communities and do advanced planning for peaceful celebrations. She also emphasized on sharing of the successes and good works accomplished by the police with the public. For this, she mentioned about the Sadbhawana Dangal, a wrestling event organized at Kaman in Bharatpur, and said that success of this event helped in maintaining peace between two communities.

Prior to this, Home Minister Shri Gulab Chand Kataria said that crime-control situation improved in 2015 in comparison to previous years. He said that a remarkable reduction was registered in the cases of crime against the women, SCs and STs. Number of crimes had been less in the first quarter of this year as well, he said further adding that he had ordered the SPs to conduct public hearing on daily basis, which had given good results.

The minister said that over 3,000 villages had been declared crime-free. Effective police naka-bandi had resulted in reduction in the cases of ATM thefts and loot on national highways. He said that a sense of healthy competition was setting in at the police station, circle and district level by implementing an evaluation system for functioning of police.

On this occasion, the Members of the Council of Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, Chairpersons of various Commissions, Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, senior administrative and police officers of were present.

Jaipur, 6 May 2016

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