Former Maharashtra director general of police D. Sivanandhan on Friday said many cities lack preparedness to face a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) attack. He was speaking at the BRICS conclave, which was discussing the measures on making the cities safe and secure.
Sivanandhan said, “We have to prepare for a CBRN attack,” he warned during the discussion. The former top cop also highlighted the problem of radicalisation of the youth and the “need of a comprehensive policy.”
“It has to be also done by the elders of the communities.”
BRICS comprises five emerging economies — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Director general of police Praveen Dixit said, “This (CBRN) attack is being looked after at all levels. We can say that we are prepared but it is an evolving process.”
Dixit also highlighted the need to focus on the issue of children in conflict with law.
“Children are our real properties and it is important to integrate them as responsible citizens. With love and care, we can bring them back to normalcy,” said Dixit.
He added that the nation needs to move towards “cashless transactions” to avoid crimes such as robberies and thefts. “People have lost their lives while defending a thief. We need to create a situation that transactions are cashless,” he said.
The Brazilian ambassador to India, Tovar da Silva Nunes, said violence because of poverty is the main challenge in Brazil. He added that his country is prepared with security measures for the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to be held from August 5 to 21, 2016.
“We have taken measures. We have in place what it is necessary for safety and have also interacted with the countries, who have hosted the games in the past,” said Nunes.
Mbanga Shitole, a chief executive officer representing South Africa, said, “We need to be pro-active than reactive. You can’t stop urbanisation but you can man it.”
Subhash Patil, the associate director, PricewaterhouseCoopers, expressed the need for police modernisation with measures such as cop-friendly police stations, city surveillance, along with enhancing on the cyber front.