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Coming, a makeover for police

india Updated: Dec 28, 2008 22:31 IST
Soumyajit Pattnaik
Soumyajit Pattnaik
Hindustan Times
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The National Police Mission (NPM) is busy finalising new action plans which can be executed in a time-bound manner so that the force can transform itself from a reactive to a proactive one.

The NPM differs from other missions in that while the others deal with developmental themes, this is the first one in the field of regulatory and enforcement administration linked closely to the sovereign functions of the state. The NPM is handled by Indian Police Service (IPS) officers from different states and thus, it’s a prescription for change from within the police.

A background note circulated on the NPM among senior IPS officers said: “NPM shall not be a substitute for the various committees/commissions set up on police reforms, but would rather equip the police to think creatively and help it transform itself from a reactive to a proactive organisation.”

The NPM has set up six Micro Missions (MMs) which will offer suggestions on human resources development (police-population ratio, career progression, leadership, accountability, welfare of personnel, police university etc), community policing (involving community in policing, interface with media, industry, police image etc), communication and technology (cyber techniques, forensic science, DNA/narco-analysis etc), infrastructure (buildings, equipment and weaponry etc), process engineering (ongoing police practices, review and impact analysis, innovations in India and elsewhere, procurement procedures etc), proactive policing and visualising future challenges (extremism, mob violence, cyber crime, money laundering, narco terrorism, human trafficking etc).

State chief secretaries and DGPs were consulted about the MMs and the proposed nominations for each, out of officers of their respective cadres. The number of officers in each MM has been restricted to 10 or 11, while some officers have been kept in reserve. The first meeting of the MMs was held in New Delhi on August 19 and they are scheduled to meet in Bangalore in January.

The background note said: “It has been considered appropriate that each MM would, after holding detailed discussions for a period of around four months, come up with a Road Map/Action Plan, as to how best and within what timeframe the said measures and tasks could be accomplished. The senior-most member of the group shall preside over the meetings and guide the interactions. The MMs are expected to utilise the recommendations of various commissions/committees set up in the past; examine them in the light of the ground realities and practical reference; look at fresh ideas and areas in the light of the emerging/evolving situation and new challenges and evolve/formulate their action plans. The MMs may choose to break into sub-missions, if felt necessary.”

The MM on human resource development is headed by Jocob Punnoose (Kerala cadre, 1975 batch), community policing by Kuldeep Sharma (Gujarat, 1976 batch), communication and technology by Sharda Prasad (Assam-Meghalaya, 1973 batch), infrastructure by R. Sri Kumar (Karnataka, 1973 batch), process engineering by R.S. Dalal (Haryana, 1974 batch) and proactive policing by Pranay Sahay (Tripura, 1975 batch).

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had announced the intent of the government to set up a police mission in his address to the DGP/IGP conference on October 6, 2005.

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