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Madhya Pradesh DGP’s online initiative evokes just over 200 suggestions

bhopal Updated: Sep 11, 2016 05:52 IST

Anuraag Singh, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
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Nearly two months after it was started by Madhya Pradesh director general of police (DGP) Rishi Shukla, the e-mail-based open discussion forum — DG Desk — has drawn just 200-plus suggestions and grievances from police personnel.

More grievances and fewer suggestions have been e-mailed by cops — mostly constables, head constables and assistant sub-inspectors — since the start of the direct connect initiative to connect with the last cop in the state on July 13.

The initiative will soon have a dedicated portal linked to the official MP police website. However, only 200-plus mails from a 95,000-strong state police force speak volumes about how digitally driven the men in khakhi are.

Around 70% of the mails are grievances of cops

Around 70% of the mails sent to the DG Desk are grievances of cops, while just 30% of them pertain to suggestions by cops about issues like women security, improving road traffic and preventing corruption, revealed sources at the state police headquarters dealing directly with the new initiative.

Fewer suggestions to reform the police functioning come at a time when the latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has shown that a whopping 10,889 complaints were registered against policemen in MP in 2015, implying an average 27 complaints daily.

Cops have focused primarily on transfers and postings

According to sources, the cops who mailed their grievances have focused primarily on transfers and postings in or near their home districts, problems pertaining to housing and health, besides hassles coming in the way of reimbursement/clearance of medical bills.

There have also been some mails which have raised the need for the MP police Special Armed Force (SAF) canteens offering goods and services at concessional rates akin to the rates offered by the ministry of defence’s Canteen Stores Department (CSD) canteens.

Some mails have mentioned about urgent need of weekly offs for the those in field postings and also put in place a system that required cops, particularly constables, not to work for more than 8-9 hours daily, unlike the 16-18 hours of daily work now.

Another mail focused on the time taken for a constable to get promoted to the rank of head constable. Another constable, hailing from Maoist-hit Balaghat district, sought posting of cops from Balaghat to their home district as they would be in a better position to operate against Maoists due to better knowledge of the geography and demography.

Sources said around 30 suggestions and grievances were being vetted by a team of senior police officials, including the DGP.

THE INITIATIVE

The e-mail-based open discussion forum — DG Desk — started on July 13 to connect with the last cop in the state

The initiative will soon have a dedicated portal linked to the official MP police website.

Only 200-plus mails have been received from a 95,000-strong state police force

Around 70% of the mails sent to the DG Desk are grievances of cops, while just 30% of them pertain to suggestions by cops about issues like women security, improving road traffic and preventing corruption, revealed sources at the state police headquarters dealing directly with the new initiative.

National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has shown that a whopping 10,889 complaints were registered against policemen in MP in 2015, implying an average 27 complaints daily.

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