Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

NEW DELHI: The need for and the variety of power of the Delhi Police that could be brought under the Delhi Government were discussed at length on Wednesday at a conference on the Delhi Police (Amendment) Bill, 2010, organised at Delhi Secretariat.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who chaired the conference, said: “We were keen on a discussion before bringing in the Bill and a lot of good suggestions were made at the meeting which would be incorporated in it.'' Stating that this was the first public interaction on the issue and a lot of inputs were received, she said, “I am in favour of another round.''

Ms. Dikshit said all the suggestions would be considered in setting up a mechanism in which the Delhi Government would have a role in various aspects of policing. “It is all about how better we can serve Delhi, which is widely perceived as not a safe city,'' she said.

The Chief Minister said the reasons for crime in Delhi are many including its porous borders. But since it is a special city being the Capital of the country and has a large diplomatic corps, there is a strong need to modernise the force. Also, she said, a department is needed within the Delhi Police for social service-oriented work and for identifying and rectifying problems that affect the society. The conference was attended by a number of Delhi Ministers, BJP MLA Sahab Singh Chauhan, Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta, Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai, Principal Secretary (Home) G.S. Patnaik, Commissioner of Delhi Police Y.S. Dadwal, former Supreme Court Judge Arijit Pasayat, and lawyers, retired bureaucrats, heads of various departments and representatives of residents' welfare associations.