The director general of police (DGP) of Uttar Pradesh police, Javeed Ahmad, on Sunday directed the senior superintendent of police (SSP) of Gautam Budh Nagar district to ensure availability of data on all senior citizens and hold regular meetings with them to ensure their safety.
Ahmad said that all the police post in-charges, in collaboration with the residents’ welfare associations (RWAs), should maintain a register containing the information of all senior citizens residing in societies in their areas.
He directed the SSP to ensure that this exercise is started immediately and the officials concerned should meet with the senior citizens every 15 days.
“We need to maintain a cordial relationship with senior citizens. Most of them live alone and their children are in other states and countries. Officials must ensure there should not be any delay in dealing with their grievances. Police personnel should meet them every 15 days and make them feel comfortable and safe,” Ahmad added.
Flanked by the inspector general (IG) of Meerut zone, Ajay Anand, the DGP also asked PK Aggarwal, the additional chief executive officer of the Noida authority to announce vending zones in the city areas at the earliest, so that residents can get relief from encroachments.
Ahmad admitted that encroachment of public spaces is a major inconvenience, including traffic jams during the rush hour and blocking access to many residential societies.
“Once vending zones are declared, no police personnel will have an excuse against the removal of encroachments. The Noida authority should announce it on priority,” Ahmad said.
The general secretary of FONRWA, AN Dhawan, said, “We are happy that the DGP issued directions (in this regard) with immediate effect. We had appealed to police officials in the district many times to have meetings with RWAs and senior citizens, but no step was taken in this regard. We are hopeful now that our problems will be resolved.”