In this last article in the Maharashtra series, we check the promises made towards making Maharashtra safe and secure. Law and Order is the base for development. Unless security is not ensured, no economic activity can function. Given the crucial industrial and financial importance of Maharashtra, safety and security is a prime concern.
Promise– Drastically improving safety and security of citizens by maintaining law and through stronger and well-trained police force. Systematic efforts will be made for improving the quality of police services to keep crime under check by creating new systems which will comply with international safety standards.
Promise– Modernization of the police force and imparting training at regular intervals, that is relevant to the times.
The recent Maharashtra budget allocated Rs 17,234 crores towards various police related schemes including Rs 190 crore for police modernization. However, a lot needs to be done as some funds have remained unspent over the years.
Promise– Installation of CCTV networks in Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad and Nagpur.
The work is under progress and has achieved varying degree of success.
- In Mumbai, the CCTV coverage is quite good. Since 2017, 4746 CCTVs have been set up and proposal has been to add another 5000.
- In Pune, equally good progress has been made. About 1300 CCTVs have been installed in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. The result has been that a lot of crimes have been prevented.
- In Nashik, installation of 800 CCTVs has begun.
- In Nagpur, 1289 busy junctions have got CCTV coverage.
- In Aurangabad, the process has been slow. Only the survey has been completed.
Promise– Networking system to track crimes and criminals, will be started on urgent basis.
Maharashtra became the first state to launch the Crime and Criminals Tracking Network and System (CCTNS) wherein all police stations would be linked, data on FIR and criminals can be shared and people can file FIR online and track its progress.
Promise– Elaborate efforts will be made for improving quality of life of the police personnel, e.g. provisions will be made for good housing, educational facilities for their children. Families of serving professionals who sacrificed their lives or have acquired permanent disabilities while on duty, etc. will be rehabilitated.
Many projects have been taken up. 43 projects worth Rs 1690 crore are in progress. Tenders are being issued for 5,611 projects worth Rs 1280 crore. New residential projects are in progress in Nagpur, Aurangabad, Nashik, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Pune
Maharashtra has hiked the compensation given to kin of martyred soldiers from 25 lakh to one crore. Soldiers with disabilities will get 20 lakh to 60 lakh depending on the severity of injury.
Promise– Special support scheme for the families of Police personnel martyred or disabled while fighting terrorists or Naxalites.
No specific scheme has been announced. But case specific compensations for police martyred in anti-Naxal operations in Gadchiroli have been awarded.
Promise– Appointment of special units of lady cops (on the lines of Beat Marshals) to curtail chain-snatching, theft eve-teasing and harassment of women.
Nirbhaya Squads have been set up in many cities to check cases of eve-teasing as well as theft and chain snatching.
- A special scheme emphasizing the participation of citizens (HUMINT) to strengthen the local intelligence units.
- An Alert Citizens’ Cell will be established at every police station to facilitate easy registration of FIRs. This cell will monitor the alleged cases in which cops hesitate or deny registration of complaints.
While not specifically for local intelligence, Maharashtra has released rules for community policing which will ensure effective participation of citizens in helping out the police.
The same rules also give focus on Alert Citizens (Jagruk Nagrik) to monitor the cases filed by the police.
Promise– Up-gradation and expansion of forensic laboratories in the state.
There are steps taken to setup new labs in Marathwada and Vidarbha so that their dependence on labs in Mumbai reduces. Moreover, existing labs in Aurangabad, Nagpur, Nashik, etc will be upgraded. Owing to the staff crunch, new recruitments are also being done through Maharashtra Public Service Commission.
Promise– While building new police stations, state-of-the-art facilities such as creche, gyms, psychological & counselling support cell and well-equipped library, will be provided.
Not much has happened. Modern police stations have been built at some places. Recently, the Rahimatpur police station in Satara district has topped the survey for SMART police stations.
Promise– Brave children, who saved others’ lives by risking their own lives will be given ‘Hutatma Tukaram Omble Balveer Award.
No such award has been constituted.