Prime Minister launches the website “Indian Police in Service of the Nation”

50th Annual Conference of DGs/IGs of Police of States and UTs and Heads of Central Police Organisations began today in Kutch, Gujarat

Prime Minister launches the website “Indian Police in Service of the Nation”

Country is more safe and secure at present: Shri Rajnath Singh 

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh said that the security scenario has improved and the country is more safe and secure at present. Addressing the 50th Annual Conference of Directors General/Inspectors General of Police of States and Union Territories and Heads of Central Police Organisations in the Rann of Kutch, Gujarat today, Shri Rajnath Singh said the security situation has improved in the North-East, J&K and LWE-affected States.

Shri Rajnath Singh commended the Security and Police Forces for controlling the insurgency situation in the North East. There had been the least terrorism problem in Assam this year, he said. The security forces arrested 231 armed terrorists and more than 300 conspirators, he added. The Union Home Minister also said that due to the personal interest taken by the Prime Minister, the Naga problem has been resolved this year. Shri Rajnath Singh hoped the framework agreement the Government reached with the NSCN (IM) will soon pave the way for the resolution of the Naga problem. As regards the ceasefire violation by NSCN (K), Shri Rajnath Singh said that the security forces have been able to control the threat.

On the Maoist violence, the Union Home Minister said that the situation has improved considerably this year. He said that now the losses to the Security Forces are less than the casualties of the Maoists. He said that the IB and the security agencies are confident that the situation in LWE areas will be brought under control within a year. Shri Rajnath Singh said apart from action by the security forces, it is also necessary to win the hearts of the people so that the Maoists do not get shelter.

The Union Home Minister said that the threat of ISIS to India is being monitored and country is confident of overcoming this situation. Shri Rajnath Singh called upon the security forces to remain on guard to prevent sudden serious situation and urged for better coordination between the central and state agencies. He said that there has been the lowest number of communal incidents in the country this year. On Punjab, the Home Minister termed Sarbat Khalsa incident of last month as a matter of concern. He asked the security forces to mount vigil in this border state so that Punjab does not return to bad days of the past.

Shri Rajnath Singh said the Ministry of Home Affairs is making efforts in the direction of implementing suggestions of the Prime Minister, including SMART police and use of social media. He assured that adequate funds will be provided for the modernisation of the police. Shri Rajnath Singh called for police reforms and said the cooperation of the state governments is vital in making it a success. He said that the police stations should be modernized for the convenience of the common man. The Home Minister called upon the DGs / IGs of Police to form an expert group to decide on what all assignments can be outsourced such as ‘Watch and ward’ duties, private cyber labs, traffic control room, passport verification agencies, summon services, private legal services, technical support wing, wireless mobile etc.

Expressing concern on non-registration of FIRs, the Home Minister said that each and every FIR should be registered even if it leads to the increase in number of registered crimes. The increase in data should not be the basis of not registering the FIRs. Shri Rajnath Singh said policing is a service to the nation but unfortunately the grievances of the poor and weaker sections are not properly heard in the police stations. He called for deputing able officers in police training institutions.

The Home Minister appreciated the launching of the website “Indian Police in Service of the Nation” by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during the Golden Jubilee of DGPs conference this year. He urged the police forces to regularly update this website. Shri Rajnath Singh earlier presented the Police medals for 2013 and 2014 to IB officers for their meritorious service and congratulated them for their outstanding service. He lauded the role of the police forces and security agencies in building the nation and strengthening the democratic institutions in the country. 
Government sensitive to the problems of Crimes against Women and Children: Shri Rajnath Singh 
The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurated the Quasquicentennial Ground on the occasion of 125th anniversary of Delhi Bar Association here today.

In his message on the occasion, the Union Home Minister said the present Government is sensitive to the problems of Crimes against Women and Children and has strengthened legal and institutional infrastructure to deal with the menace. He said that the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 has been a landmark legislation which enhanced the punishment for various crimes against women. Besides, the police officers and medical officers can also be prosecuted if found wanting in discharging their responsibilities in specific cases against women, he added.

Shri Rajnath Singh said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has already initiated steps for setting up the Nationwide Emergency Response System (NERS) and having ‘112’as the emergency number which can be dialed from anywhere in the country by anyone to seek police assistance. He said that timely and hassle free registration of crime is equally important and the MHA is going to provide the facility to the people through citizen portal which is under development as part of Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & System (CCTNS) project. This will create a facility for people to report a crime and also track the follow up action taken by the appropriate agencies, he added.

The Union Home Minister said a decision has been taken to assist the States to set up dedicated Investigative Units to tackle crime against women in about 564 districts in the country. These units will be specialized in nature having 1/3rd women investigators and will be funded by the Centre and States on 50:50 sharing basis, he added.

Underlining the importance of rehabilitation of the victims, Shri Rajnath Singh said a Central Victim Compensation Fund has been set up to support the States, under which acid attack victims will be given additional compensation up to Rs 5 lakhs for treatment purpose. He said that the MHA is working in partnership with the insurance companies and Health Ministry to develop a cashless treatment scheme for victims of acid attack.

Pointing out that a large number of Women and Children are victims of human trafficking, Shri Rajnath Singh said an in-principle decision has been taken to set up an organized Crime Investigating Agency for which inter-ministerial consultations have been initiated. He said that the MHA, in close coordination with the State Governments, took up two specific campaigns ‘Operation Smile’ during January 2015 and ‘Operation Muskan’ during July 2015 to rescue missing children and reunite them with their parents. Both the campaign resulted in rescue of more than 28,000 missing children. All the States have been requested to take up ‘Operation Smile-II’ during January 2016, he added.

During the inauguration, a coffee table book titled ‘Tis Hazari Nama’ showcasing the journey of Delhi Bar Association since its inception, was presented to Shri Rajnath Singh. 

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