Ever since the Mumbai police’s monthly newsletter – Samvaad – was launched in August 2009, it has been a mouthpiece for top officials in the department.
However, its latest avatar features the achievements of the lower rung of the force and their family members such as constable Manoj Vichare’s photograph has been displayed for winning the Brihanmumbai Uday championship—a premier body-building championship in the city.
“The newsletter in its new avatar showcases the constables or their family members who have won accolades in varied fields,” said Mumbai police spokesperson, deputy commissioner of police, Rajkumar Vhatkar. He said earlier the newsletter was oriented towards showcasing the programmes and prowess of the senior officers in the department. “But the new editions will talk about the grass root who have traditionally been neglected,” he added.
Inspector Firoz Patel, publisher of the newsletter, said that around 20,000 copies of the newsletter have been printed this time. Earlier, copies were given to police stations across the city for distribution. “This time, the copies will be delivered at the door step of the constables living in the 68 colonies across the city through the Line Orderlies (policemen in charge of the police colonies),” Patel said. “This is to ensure that the newsletter reaches its target audience.”