A R PAWAR on Saturday took over as the 36th DGP of Madhya Pradesh. He took charge from Swaraj Puri, who has been posted as DG (Home Guards).
Pawar superseded NC Padhi, the 1968 batch IPS officer now Special Director (Ministry of Home Affairs) and RK Diwakar, the 1971 batch officer presently serving as DG Jail.
Talking to journalists after taking charge, Pawar said maintaining law-and-order and communal amity in the State would be his top priorities apart from curbing crime and tackling menace of dacoits.
He said there should be transparency in the working of police. Pawar said grievances of policemen at all levels, particularly, the lower rung constabulary would be heard and redressed. Better training to policemen, modernisation and
welfare of police would be his other priorities. “The public should be taken in confidence and the police force should remain alert to foil any attempt to disturb communal harmony,” the new DGP said.
Asked whether he felt embarrassed replacing his colleague Swaraj Puri after registering an FIR against him, Pawar said it was DG (EOW) that had registered the case and holding the post of DGP was a sheer coincidence.
To another query, whether the FIR was registered against Puri in haste, the State police chief said the case was sub-judice and he would not be in a position to comment on it. The DGP said Naxal menace was a major challenge for him and felt that a law against organised crime would help the police.
To another question about political pressure, though agreeing that it often exists in the form of ‘political expectations’, Pawar said it rarely comes in way of action and it shouldn’t distract the police from pursuing the right course of action.
After handing over the charge, the outgoing DGP and Pawar came out of the chamber together.
Thereafter Pawar took the salute. Puri also addressed the police officials on the occasion and thanked them for their cooperation. Pawar is the 36th State police chief of the State from 1956. HM Joshi, BP Dubey, BK Mukerjee and M Natarajan served more than one stint as the DGP.