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Nip communal trouble in the bud, says Pranab

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Give priority to the common man, police officials told

Moment to cherish:President Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Prime Minister’s Baton and Home Ministry’s Revolver to Shalini Agnihotri, who was adjudged the Best All Round Officer Trainee, at the passing out parade of the 65{+t}{+h}batch of IPS probationers at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad on Tuesday.- PHOTO: K RAMESH BABU
Moment to cherish:President Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Prime Minister’s Baton and Home Ministry’s Revolver to Shalini Agnihotri, who was adjudged the Best All Round Officer Trainee, at the passing out parade of the 65{+t}{+h}batch of IPS probationers at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad on Tuesday.- PHOTO: K RAMESH BABU

Expressing concern over the recent incidents of communal violence, President Pranab Mukherjee has called for strengthening the ability of district and local administration to notice such tensions in their initial stages and take measures to contain them quickly.

Reviewing the passing out parade of the 65{+t}{+h}batch of IPS probationers at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy here on Tuesday, he said: “These are challenging times for our police forces. There has been a worrying bout of communal violence in some parts of our country, accompanied by deterioration in inter-community relations.”

Observing that his vision of the police for future India was not that of only a law enforcing body, but of a pro-active service provider and a partner in growth, development and peace, he asked the police officers to ensure that the grievances of common man were redressed. This, he said, would require a change of role of the police from a reactive to a pro-active agency, which in partnership with other stakeholders would create a peaceful and secure atmosphere conducive to the growth and prosperity of the nation.

Focus on training

The President called for paying enough attention to training and improvement in service conditions of police constables “who are the visible face of the government.” Inculcating in them the highest degree of discipline, integrity and commitment was absolutely necessary. “They are the cutting-edge of your work and the image of police overall depends on their conduct, behaviour and professionalism”.

Underscoring the need for progress in police reforms, he said effective policing of urban areas and protecting vulnerable sections required urgent attention. Noting that the country made progress in many fields, he said success of the government’s plans to strengthen the economy and ensure social justice through various welfare schemes depended critically on the maintenance of law and order”. Pointing out that India continued to be targeted by terrorism from abroad as well as threats from within, he said the government was committed to dealing with Left Wing Extremism in a comprehensive manner. It was pursuing a two-pronged approach of conducting pro-active and sustained operations against extremists and focusing attention on development and governance issues in extremist-affected areas.

NPA’s director, Goswami said the basic training course of IPS officer trainees was upgraded and they were sensitised towards gender, communal harmony, national integration, juveniles and marginalised groups.

The President presented the Prime Minister’s Baton and Home Ministry’s Revolver to Shalini Agnihotri, who was adjudged the Best All Round Officer Trainee. R. Bhaskaran was given the IPS Association’s Sword of Honour for the Best Outdoor Officer Trainee.

As many as 22 of the 136 IPS probationers were women, while 12 foreign officer trainees from Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives were also part of the 65{+t}{+h}batch.


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