WITH THE Governor TV Rajeswar blasting the State police for deteriorating law and order situation on Thursday, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav today directed the IPS officers to pull up their socks and improve the situation within 15 days.
Though the chief minister had strongly rebutted the charges of the Governor on Thursday itself, yet, during the closed-door meeting of the police officers here on Friday, Yadav directed the officers to improve the situation in the State within 15 days.
Later, at a separate meeting of IGs and DIGs, the chief minister again laid emphasis on the improvement in the law and order situation. However, talking to newsmen, the chief minister reiterated that law and order situation was better than any Congress-ruled States.
He said that a commission headed by a Supreme Court judge could be constituted to ascertain that the situation in UP was far better than Mumbai and Delhi.
While directing the officers to take action against criminals, the chief minister also asked the police to improve its image. He said efforts should be made to win over the faith of the people. The chief minister on the occasion, also announced construction of a police auditorium for conferences. The CM expressed satisfaction over peaceful local bodies elections.
Meanwhile, at the IPS Association meeting, the chief minister accepted the promotion demand of 1985 batch to IG and 1991 batch to DIG ranks. However, he remained non-committal about the demand of promotion of 1974 batch to DG rank.
Speaking on the occasion, DGP Bua Singh said that Naxal activities had been controlled and crime graph had come down. Chief secretary NC Bajpai asked the officers to be sensitive towards junior officers. He said that the force should also be given proper training in use of modern weapon.
The IPS Association today re-elected DG Homeguards and Civil Defense VKB Nair as its president. Other executive committee members include, OPS Malik (vice-president), Subhash Chandra (secretary), VK Singh (joint secretary), NK Singh, Anil Mishra, VK Gupta and ASP Lucknow (all committee members).