Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has expressed his displeasure over the way the police handled the recent communal clashes in Dhar and Jhabua districts.
Referring to the law and order situation in the state at the conference of superintendents of police and collectors, the chief minister on Tuesday pulled up the district police chiefs of Jhabua and Dhar for not acting on time during the Gandhwani and Petlawad clashes, sources present at the meet told Hindustan Times.
The CM’s displeasure over the matter is being seen in some quarters as a precursor for possible shunting of both Dhar and Jhabua SPs in the coming days.
In the post-lunch session, in a brief reference to alleged beating of an RSS pracharak Suresh Yadav by police over a WhatsApp message, the CM said police should exercise restraint in cases where they are not dealing with a hardened criminal.
CM expresses concern over misuse of social media
He, however, expressed concern over misuse of social media and added that guidelines needed to be framed shortly to curb such exploitation as it leads to law and order problem.
Seven state police personnel and three home guards were booked on September 26 for attempted murder, loot, house trespass and rioting after they allegedly beat up RSS pracharak Suresh Yadav in Baihar town of Balaghat.
The CM asked the district police chiefs, inspector general of police and other senior police officials, in DGP Rishi Shukla’s presence, not to succumb to any pressure while dealing with criminals.
Chouhan, however, praised police administration in Bhopal, Indore, Dewas, Jabalpur, Ujjain, Khargone, Gwalior for maintaining law and order. He also asked police officials to draw a list of districts where policing has not been up to mark, sources added.
The CM asked the SPs to ensure that citizens get justice sans appeasement. Chouhan said police stations will be fully equipped with all basic facilities. Land would be provided for housing units of police personnel soon.
Tackling terrorism and extremism
The CM said that terrorism in the garb of religion has to be dealt with an iron hand. He directed police officials to identify elements fuelling terrorism and put a leash on them.
During the pre-lunch session, inspector general of police (intelligence, law and order) Makrand Deuskar gave a detailed presentation on the law and order scene in the state.
During the presentation it was revealed that left wing extremism (Maoists) were trying to spread its tentacles to districts adjoining the Maoist-affected Balaghat district.
Curbing crime against women
The CM expressed concern over incidents of crime against women and praised the districts like Panna, Katni, Bhopal and Ashok Nagar, where police was proactively working on this aspect. He, however, pulled up districts police chiefs of Raisen, Mandla, Umaria, Shajapur and Barwani for not doing enough to curb crime against women.
Talking to mediapersons home minister Bhoopendra Singh said the CM has asked the administrative officials to identify places, where incidents of crime against women are rampant and enhance police patrolling in these areas.
Chouhan also asked the police officers to check on fake currency rackets and chit fund companies. The CM was also unhappy with jail administration and asked the officials to take corrective measures.
CALL FOR GROWTH
The chief minister drew out an 11-point development agenda for the state at the two-day conference of collectors, commissioners and SPs.
Directives and decisions
Chief executive officers of Satna and Ashoknagar Zila panchayats were removed for poor performance
Namami Devi Narmade campaign will be started by end of November
Aadhaar numbers will be printed on caste certificates
All cities will be free from open defecation by March 31, 2017
All villages will be free from open defecation by Dec 31, 2018
Nagrodaya campaign from Dec 25 to Jan 26, 2017
A camp for beneficiary welfare-oriented schemes will be held from November 10 to Nov 30
Keshshilpi schemes will be implemented in rural areas
Amendments of revenue maps to be completed by March 31, 2017
Land allotment for government use will be done by collectors with the permission divisional commissioners in Indore, Jabalpur and Gwalior
SDM can hear appeals of demarcation
Collectors will hear revenue cases mandatory in the second session on Monday
Bank code of beneficiary welfare-oriented schemes will be fed till March 31, 2017
Campaign will be conducted for surgery of hearing-impaired children.
Target completion of Swarozgar schemes till Dec 31
Distribution of Swarozgar schemes cases in Jan and February.
Prepare to achieve target of construction of five lakh houses in urban areas in next two years
Scheme to give e-rickshaws to hand cart-pullers and rickshaw drivers
Delay in wage payment to labourers under MNREGA will not be tolerated
Ensure effective monitoring for Mukhyamantri Mazdoor Suraksha Yojana and launch drive for registration of labourers under the schemes
Ministers and commissioners should carry out surprise checks in redressal of revenue cases
Resolve pending cases in revenue courts within the time limit
Ration distribution system should be linked with Aadhar cards by Dec
Take action against staff for not opening Aanganbaris
Hold convention for girls who passed fifth standard and joined the sixth class and are registered under the Ladli Laxmi Yojana. The girls will be made brand ambassadors of ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padao’ Abhiyan.