Joining community campaigns like Pulse Polio drive, becoming active on social media and an all-woman band are some of the new initiatives that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has suggested for the police forces in the country.The ideas were floated and discussed by Modi with the top police brass of the country during the three-day Directors General of Police and Inspectors General conference held in Gujarat’s Rann of Kutch in December last year.
According to an action blueprint prepared by these departments, a number of police and central armed police forces have begun work in this direction and close to a dozen committees have been formed in their respective organisations to implement the suggestions by the middle of this year.
The blueprint, accessed by PTI, states that police forces have been asked to work in the direction of “bridging the gap” between them and society by active participation in community programmes and special drives like Pulse Polio immunisation campaign and ensuring civic amenities in deprived areas.
Police personnel have been asked to undertake special programmes to find out and “push” children to go to school and honour the meritorious students in these institutions and colleges in their respective police ‘thana’ or jurisdiction limits.
If the PM’s suggestions are implemented, police will be seen involved in a lot of interactive sessions with the public on October 31, National Police Commemoration Day, Yoga teaching, fresh enrolling of police mitra volunteers, etc.
Modi is said to have sent personal SMS-based messages to over 18 lakh police personnel on the occasion of Republic Day in this regard.