The ministry of home affairs (MHA) has promised more funds for the modernisation of the Delhi Police. It will also help the Delhi Police into transforming itself into a tactically efficient metropolitan force.
This was conveyed to Commissioner Bhim Sen Bassi by Union home minister Rajnath Singh during a visit to the Delhi Police headquarters on Monday morning.
Among the plans the Delhi Police wants to implement are setting up a cyber lab in each of 11 police districts. There is a high pendency of cyber crime complaints and a new facility will ensure quick disposal of cases.
The other ambitious proposal is putting in place an Intelligent Traffic System (ITS), which has been pending for close to four years. With a current strength of 80,000, the force needs more boots on the ground and set up more forensic testing facilities.
Singh is understood to have reached the police headquarters dot at noon like he had promised Anil Goswami, the Union home secretary and other MHA officials in tow.
“The commissioner welcomed the home minister and then took him to visit the Central Police Control Room (CPCR) and Integrated Command Control Co-ordination and Communication Centre (C4i). Here, Special CP (operations) S Sundari Nanda explained the functioning of the CPCR and C4i, including the Women Helpline Desk (1091),” said a senior police officer.
This was followed by a meeting with other senior police officials. “I discussed the modernisation of Delhi Police and how to tackle the law and order problems in the national Capital,” the home minister told reporters after the meeting.
Singh’s visit, police officials said, lasted for nearly two hours during which he is understood to have pledged the Central government’s support to the force in its modernisation programme.
Women’s security was one of the issues emphasised upon during the presentation which also included administrative, security and traffic matters in the Capital.
Issues such as financial approval, manpower enhancement and clearance for some of the projects which are pending with the ministry were touched upon while internal issues of the force and steps needed to make it more effective and modern were also discussed.
Bassi said that the home minister was also briefed on some of the pending proposals.
“He also mentioned that the MHA would look into the request of the Delhi Police for providing special incentive to commandos and policemen performing high-risk jobs,” a senior police officer said.
While concluding his address, the home minister observed a minute’s silence in the memory of Constable Manna Ram who died while performing his duty at a traffic barricade on Saturday.