PAYING TRIBUTES to police personnel who laid down their lives while on duty maintaining peace and order, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the State’s police force was being strengthened and better equipped to counter terrorism, Naxalite activities and dacoit problems.
Speaking during the Police Commemoration Day Parade at Lal Parade Ground here on October 21, Chouhan said 16 police personnel made supreme sacrifices while discharging their duty during the past year. He said the law and order situation in Madhya Pradesh was relatively better even as strict vigilance was being maintained.
The Chief Minister said in view of industrialisation and fast population increase, the police force was also being expanded. A new Durgawati female police battalion was being raised and a women’s desk was being set up in police stations. Reservation was also being given to women in the police force.
The Chief Minister said last year Diwali and Id fell on the same day and in February last, Saraswati Pujan and Friday prayers were performed peacefully at the Bhojshala in Dhar. This was in keeping with the State’s glorious tradition of communal harmony. The tradition had to be upheld, forever, Chouhan asserted.
Chief Minister met families of martyred police personnel and assured them of all possible cooperation. He directed senior police officials to immediately sanction extraordinary pension and compassionate appointment cases. Earlier, Chief Minister took the salute of the Commemoration Day Parade.
Director General of Police A R Pawar said Madhya Pradesh was better placed in respect to law and order situation in comparison to other States. The elimination of dacoit Dayaram Gadaria was a creditable achievement of the police, the DGP pointed out.
He said a sum of Rs 3 crore would be spent on the welfare of families of martyred police personnel and police personnel from the Central Welfare Fund.
The procedure of recruitment of constables would be rationalised and made more transparent, he added. Earlier, Chief Minister, Chief Secretary Rakesh Sahni, Principal Secretary, Home, Satya Prakash, Director General of Police A R Pawar, Director General of Home Guards Swaraj Puri, Director General of Jails R K Diwakar, Director General O P Garg and other senior police officers paid their homage to martyrs at the Shahid Smarak.