Chief Minister Mayawati has decided to decentralize the financial and administrative powers to the district level and ordered that officers found guilty of custodial deaths would be sent to jail.
She said if outdated laws were coming in the way of smooth and efficient functioning, the state government would not hesitate to amend such laws. She favored better coordination between various wings of the police force. She also directed the officers to pull up their socks before the forthcoming Panchayat elections in UP.
The decentralization of power, she said, will not only help the district police chiefs to execute their work effectively but also help them take quick decisions for improving law and order.
The CM issued these orders after she was briefed of the law and order situation by cabinet secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh, chief secretary AK Gupta and additional cabinet secretary Netram.
The cabinet secretary had held a meeting of senior police officers earlier in the day.
Singh, sources said, expressed his displeasure over the law and order situation in West UP. He directed the IGP and DIGs of Meerut, Agra and Aligarh range to either improve or be prepared to face the music.
The officers were also directed to take action against the Mafiosi, dacoits, professional criminals and organized gangs active in various parts of the state.
Sources said the Chief Minister was very upset over increasing cases of custody deaths. The state government has already ordered that all cases of custody deaths would be probed by the CB-CID.
The CM ordered the top cops to remain vigilant in the naxal-infested area and ordered a crackdown on Maoists.
She however maintained that Naxalism was not merely a law and order matter but the officers should also focus on its socio – economic aspects to tackle the Naxal movement. She said development agencies should also amalgamate the suggestions of the police officers while implementing the schemes.
She told the officers to ensure participation of the social organizations in the Naxal-hit areas and laid stress on community policing. She directed that the intelligence network and patrolling should be improved in the districts which share boundaries with naxal affected districts, including the Indo-Nepal border.
The proposed jungle warfare school in Mirzapur district should be opened on priority basis she said.
Reviewing the arrangements for the Commonwealth Games, 2010 Mayawati directed the police officers to complete all the preparations and training of the officers before the start of the games in October.
Mayawati reminded the officers that her party came to power on the law and order plank and state government would not tolerate slackness by the officers on this front.
She directed the officers to take action against criminal and to check crime against women, schedule caste, schedule tribe and poor people. The officers should visit the spot immediately if any case was reported and brief the state government about the action taken by them.