Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at the annual conference of DGs-IGs of state police and central police organisations in Guwahati on Sunday, made a pitch for SMART police and emphasised strong intelligence gathering.
The Prime Minister said he wanted a force which takes care of the country's law and order in an efficient manner. "I have a concept of SMART police in my mind. By 'SMART' policing, I mean S for strict with sensitive, M for modern and mobility, A for alert and accountable, R for reliable and responsive and T for techno-savvy and trained," said Modi.
Mentioning Chanakya Niti, Modi said that from Chanakya's time, the primary source of security for any society is an effective intelligence network.
"Security of a nation does not depend on arms, how much arms are there or on the number of people using them, but depends more on intelligence gathering," said Modi.
Modi lauded the supreme sacrifices made by 33,000 police officials in the service of the nation since independence and said: "This is not a small thing. They sacrificed for the country and the citizens' security and peace. Their sacrifice, while on duty, should not go unrecognised".
The Prime Minister also called for bringing out an e-book in every state on these martyrs in the state languages as well as the national languages and added that "this may seem to be a small gesture but will be an immense inspiration".
Modi stressed for creation of a task force for a protocol to ensure that the force takes full responsibility of conducting last rites of martyrs with full honour as "they had died on duty for the safety and security of the common man".
Emphasising the importance on police welfare, the Prime Minister said: "Policemen's life is full of tension as they put their life at risk. Unless we ensure that there is peace and stability in their family, they cannot give their full to society and do their duty properly.
"It is the responsibility of the government to set up a systematic programme to ensure certain welfare schemes to ease their lives like health check-ups, their children's education and their housing, particularly for those at the lower level," Modi said.
Modi was critical about the country's film industry for creating a bad image of the police force in the minds of common people. He said the government should make a special effort and rope in a PR agency to meet filmmakers and engage them in a process to bring out the best of the police force.
The Prime Minister also called for setting up of websites of every police station, like he did as the Gujarat chief minister, to highlight the positive work done by the police stations.
The Prime Minister, with Union home minister Rajnath Singh, presented the President's Police Medals for distinguished service.