Effective Policing Crucial for Development, Says Nayani

In its effort to make Hyderabad an international city, the Telangana government, which is focusing on streamlining policing system, would soon install 10,000 CCTV cameras across the city for surveillance, home minister Nayani Narsimha Reddy has said.

The minister was speaking at a programme organised by the Telangana Basha Samskruthika Mandali to commemorate the 146th birth anniversary of Raja Bahadur Kotwal Venkatarama Reddy here on Friday.

According to Nayani, despite holding the powerful position of Kotwal of Hyderabad under Nizam regime, his concern towards society had fetched Venkatarama Reddy the tags of social reformer, educationist and philanthropist.

Making an appeal to the policemen to draw inspiration from Venkatarama Reddy, the minister said, “Hyderabad is the heart of Telangana state. Unless, its image is protected, the state of Telangana cannot make any progress. Both people and police should contribute towards this initiative.’’

Meanwhile, former DGP Pervaram Ramulu suggested the government to follow two-pronged strategy in its effort to spruce up the police system in the state.

“The government should ensure that those policemen who contribute tremendously to the department should be rewarded. Besides, those who show negligence in their duty should be given severe punishment,” he made this observation in his lecture on ‘Hyderabad, an international city; police system and new ideas’.

Instead of relying solely on the dry statistics and technology, effective policing can be achieved by instilling confidence in the policemen that they would be given promotions based on their performance.

“In the present policing system, there is no way that a constable would become sub-inspector of police even when he reaches the age of his retirement. This has to change,” he said. Similar to the European countries, the former DGP suggested that the state government introduce neighbourhood policing concept to witness decline in crime rate.

Former dean of the Administrative Staff College of India, Gautam Pingle, opined that unless the government can effectively manage law and order no achievement is possible on any front in the state. Further, to reduce the gap between government and people, he said the government should consider introducing the concept of a ‘district minister’.

Source: The New Indian Express

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