to Barracks on Raising Day!
By Maxwell Pereira
every year, the Delhi Police Raising Day was observed this year
too on february 16th with a ceremonial parade at the New Police
Lines Grounds in Kingsway Camp. The only difference, for me, was
the strange feeling of attending this solemn function, for the
first time in my civvies, not wearing the uniform like in all
the yesteryears, and so also minus the bar of shining medals always
proudly displayed above my left breast pocket. Now having graduated
to the revered ranks of the ‘has-beens’ I was honoured
with a vehicle and liaison officer to facilitate my attending
the function – little courtesies the Delhi Police graciously
extends to the doyens of the service fraternity settled in Delhi,
who in their twighlight years can still lend a bit of sheen to
such regimental meets!
Krishan Kant Paul, true to style, was crisp in his welcome address
to chief guest Home Minister Shivraj Patil, who, I was glad to
see, was gracious to keep up the tradition built over an unbroken
period of the last five years by his predecessor – for a
Home Ministerial salute to the marching contingents at this annual
event. It is another fact that he did not however bite the bait
nor make any promises that the mandarins in his ministry over
the past years have fought hard never to honour.
noteworthy too perhaps was Commissioner Paul’s popularity
with the powers that be, if one may term it that way, reflected
in the rarely before seen collective presence of those adorning
the VIP seats – including both the Central Ministers of
State for Home, the Lt Governor and lo and behold, the Chief Minister
of Delhi too, the Union Home Secretary, the Director Intelligence
Bureau, the Secretary RAW and a galaxy of serving DGs and former
DGs… not to forget the not so illustrious likes of yours
truly too, to fill up as the rear guard.
an account of whatever else the police chief sought to communicate
on this occasion, I would first like to shout from the roof tops
something that no one ever talks about or publicizes – the
little human face of Delhi Police. I wonder how many had heard
before of the fact that the Delhi Police personnel had donated
a handsome chunk from their salary for Tsunami relief. It was
a tidy sum of a little under 2-crore rupees (over Rs.1,90,00,000/-
to be exact) that they handed over to LG/Delhi towards this worthy
This and many
other tid-bits in the Commissioner’s address, like the Delhi
police winning this year the best marching contingent yet again
in the Republic Day Parade, after last year’s gap, were
enough to gladden the cockles of this old soldier’s heart.
Come to think of it, can you dream of any force ever being able
to beat the Delhi Police record of winning this trophy fifteen
times in the past twenty years? Isn’t this enough to inflate
the chests of all who prided in the service they once lent their
with usual platitudes the commitment to becoming a people’s
police by trying to reform in aspects of behaviour, working and
transparency, the Commissioner minced no words while also recounting
some hard facts. That policing Delhi, the capital of the world’s
largest democracy, was not an easy task. With a populattion of
over one and half crores, it is also the centre of various national,
international, political, cultural, commercial and religious activities,
and maintaining law and order in this mega city is a very big
he described how the police have been made more approachable by
opening up reception desks in all police stations, which have
also been brought under CCTV cover for transparency and more direct
supervision from superiors. With the use of email, fax and a designated
post box, reaching senior officers directly has been made easy,
increasing public convenience and confidence. With computer networking
and monitoring every complaint through a single window system,
it has been endeavoured to see that no complaint goes unattended;
and with that the earlier harassment felt by the aomplainant is
sought to be negated. Among technological innovations was the
installation also of the ‘Touch Screen’ system introduced
in some police stations.
The many plans
and schemes included in the working order have yielded results
in the form of better communication and trust. Its direct effect
being the recognitions earned in the form of ISO certification
for the Delhi Police Licensing Branch, and the Webber Sebi Award
for Community Policing in a programme of Los Angeles, America
in a round contest of a 111 participating country police forces.
The new Tourist Police have earned accolades, and the ‘zipnet
service’ introduced for linking police forces of the neighbouring
districts/states, has facilitated quick exchange of criminal information.
Specific programmes have been organized to train school and college
girls in self defence. Sanctions had come for 62 more PCR vans,
and the raising of an India Reserve Battallion of Armed Police.
of personnel, study centres for police wards opened in many police
colonies found mention. And the DDA flats purchased to narrow
down the huge gap persisting in the housing satisfaction levels.
So did find mention the new IIT started in PTS Wazirabad, and
the foundation stone laid for two more Delhi Police Public Schools.
is hoped that the Commissioner’s concluding prayers to the
Home Ministry for continued benevolence(!), and to the HM for
a further grant of 3 crores needed to expedite the projects in
hand, do get a favourable response.
words: 21.02.2005: Copy Right © Maxwell Pereira: 3725 Sec-23,
Gurgaon-122002. You can interact with the author at http://
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