The Punjab government proposes handing over the administrative control of traffic police from the transport department to the state home department.
The government on Friday submitted before the high court that the traffic wing would now be headed by an officer of the additional director general of police (ADGP) rank instead of inspector general of police (IGP) and it would function under the overall supervision of the director general of police (DGP) and assist him in policy formulation regarding traffic and ensure compliance of rules framed in this regard. The wing would monitor and supervise the functioning of traffic wings at the district level, where traffic wings in each district commisionerate would function under the direct control of the SSP and commissioner of police concerned.
The government has also told the HC that it had established a separate traffic wing in 2001.
The government has submitted that it proposed to take back the administrative control of the traffic wing from the transport department and give it to the home department, for which amendments were needed in the Allocation of Business Rules 2007 of the Punjab government.
Recommendation for amendments had been forwarded to deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, being minister in charge for according necessary approval, the additional secretary, home, has informed the high court.
Following the state’s submissions, the high court asked the government to take a decision within three weeks and apprise it by the next date of hearing. The court also observed that despite the HC asking the state in December to take a decision, it was dragging its feet on the issue.
The state’s response came on a contempt of court petition, wherein various traffic and transport-related issues of Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana were being monitored by a bench of the high court.
During an earlier hearing in December, the HC had asked both states that they should consider setting up a dedicated traffic police force.
The Haryana government had on January 29 told the HC that it had formed a dedicated traffic police force across the state.