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‘Cops will be equipped to deal with new-age crime’

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, October 22, 2012
First Published: 11:41 IST(22/10/2012) | Last Updated: 11:45 IST(22/10/2012)

Uttar Pradesh police would be trained and equipped to deal with new-age crime including cyber and economic offences.

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For this, the state government would ensure adequate infrastructure and other initiatives for the force, said chief minister Akhilesh Yadav while paying tribute to martyrs on the occasion of Police Commemoration Day at the Reserve Police Lines on Sunday.

He, however, warned of stringent action against police officers if they failed to maintain law and order or failed to sort out public grievances at police stations.

Focussing on the promotion and welfare policies of the police, the chief minister said a proposal to increase the provincial police service quota in the IPS cadre from 33.5% to 50% would soon be sent to the central government.

Family members of police martyrs’ were honoured on the occasion.

Seniority and departmental exams would carry equal weightage in the promotion of sub-inspectors to inspectors while inspector-level officers would be granted gazetted rank, he added.

The state government would take the final decision on this matter before December 15.

He said the process of direct recruitment of around 4,000 subinspectors had been initiated following vacancies created due to promotions.

Apart from that, 2,842 computer operators and 312 PAC platoon commanders would be recruited directly, added Akhilesh.

The CM also hinted at doing away with the 10-km rigorous run made mandatory for promotions of constables and head constables during the previous regime.

He said the state government was mulling abolition of this practice, as it led to deaths of several policemen during the past few years.

He also announced hike in uniform maintenance allowance from Rs. 12 to Rs. 120 per month.

Besides, house allowance would be given to the police personnel who have failed to get government accommodation, the CM added.

Akhilesh said the state government was concerned about the welfare of police personnel, following which around 38,000 lower rung police constables had been given option to take a transfer to a place desired by them.

He said there was also a plan to transfer PAC personnel (over 50 years of age) to the District Armed Reserve. “There’s a plan to construct a special police lines for personnel deployed for VVIP duties,” said the CM. On this occasion, director-general of police AC Sharma and several other senior officers were present.

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