Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has directed the state police to work with missionary zeal and commitment to ensure best law and order situation in the State. He was presiding over a review meeting of Home Department here today.
The Chief Minister said that Himachal Pradesh was known for peace, tranquility and harmony but the recent Kasauli incident was a blot on functioning of state police. He said that efforts should be made to ensure that such incidence does not occur in the future. He said that the state police should launch special awareness campaign regarding drug abuse, violations of Motor Vehicle Act and safety of women etc.
He said that the police should come heavily on drunken driving and cancellation of licenses of the defaulters. He said that black spots should be identified and got rectified at the earliest. He said that the police should launch special drive for wearing helmets by two wheelers. He said that effective working of women police stations should be ensured and opportunity of counseling for matrimonial disputes should be provided in a best possible way.
The Chief Minister said that upholding rule of law and safeguarding the life and property of citizens should be ensured by providing professional policing. He said that police force should serve the community in a non partisan, ethical and lawful manner only then they can win over the confidence of the masses at large.
He also directed the police officers to launch awareness campaign in the schools and colleges about ill effects of drugs. He said that cooperation of local bodies, panchayats, mahila mandals and NGOs should be sought in this respect to make this campaign a success. He said that strict vigil should also be maintained on curbing illegal mining.
Jai Ram Thakur said that 'Gudiya Helpline' and 'Shakti App' must be monitored professionally so that crime against women could be checked. He also underlined the need to make 'Hoshiyar Helpline' more effective so that cases regarding mining, drug abuse and forest mafia could be tackled and guilty was booked accordingly. He said that the department should ensure maximum use of latest technology in tackling the crime in the state so that fear of law was infused in the defaulters.
It was informed in the meeting that Rs. 7.6 crore have been realized from the defaulters under Motor Vehicle Act during last four months. In addition, under the Mining Act, 1687 persons were challened and fine of Rs. 70 lakh was recovered from them. Similarly, under the Forest Act, forest property worth Rs. 13 crore was seized during this period.
Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhry assured the Chief Minister that police department would work with dedication to restore its credibility amongst the masses.
Additional Chief Secretary, Home B.K. Aggarwal assured that directions of the Chief Minister would be implemented in true letter and spirit.
Director General of Police S.R. Mardi said that the state police would come up with a roadmap regarding making the police force more efficient within 15 days. He said that the department would also come up with new plans and initiatives for combating crimes in an effective manner.
ADGP, Law and Order Anurag Garg gave presentation on the occasion.