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HI-TECH STUFF: Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy watching the functioning of the Andhra Pradesh Police Computer Data Centre at the DGP offices in Hyderabad on Monday. PHOTO: P. V. Sivakumar
HI-TECH STUFF: Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy watching the functioning of the Andhra Pradesh Police Computer Data Centre at the DGP offices in Hyderabad on Monday. PHOTO: P. V. Sivakumar

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Calls for transparency in functioning of department

Says even a single death is a blot on administrationSays constables did not even have seats in the premisesEvery station should become people-friendly

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has sounded a word of caution to police about the death of people that continued to occur in their custody.

Inaugurating the computer data and network centre at the State police headquarters here on Monday, Dr. Reddy said even a single death is a big blot on the administration. He called for fairness and transparency in the functioning of police.

Poor amenities

Turning to the poor amenities available at the police stations, the Chief Minister said sometimes constables did not even have seats in the premises. They sat under trees or loitered around. Such conditions lowered the esteem of the police force. Efforts should be made to enhance their prestige and make them approachable to common public.

Dr. Reddy wanted steps aimed at securing ISO certification to all police stations in the State. Every station should become people-friendly. He urged the personnel to shed slackness or else events would overtake them. In this context, he lauded the proficiency of anti-naxalite Greyhounds units of police. They earned acclaim across the country. Director General of Police Swaranjit Sen said the centre was a centralised web-based data storage system for police network in the State.

Cut off date

Home Minister K. Jana Reddy, Chief Secretary T.K. Dewan and Principal Secretary, Home, M.A. Basith, also attended the function. The Minister said the Government was yet to finalise the cut off date to determine the upper age limit for the ensuing recruitment of constables. This had delayed the issue of notification for recruitment. The Government was consulting the State Public Service Commission and the law department in the matter.

He also said the killing of a CRPF constable by Maoists at Sileru in Visakhapatnam district on Sunday was an isolated incident as the movement of naxalite squads had come down drastically.


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