Patil promises a new deal for cops

Staff Reporter

Assures land, financial help to Delhi policemen

NEW DELHI: Appreciating the need to ensure better working conditions for the constabulary besides equipping them with modern firearms and imparting better training, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil on Friday said the Government would help them procure land and provide financial help to fulfil their dreams of owning a house.

"The Union Government has made many efforts to provide housing facilities to police personnel while they are still in service. But the need to own a house post-retirement also needs to be addressed. They can form co-operative societies and approach the Government for land and financial assistance to build their own house," said Mr. Patil.

Addressing the Delhi Police officers and men on the occasion of the 60th Raising Day Parade at New Police Lines here, the Home Minister said the Government also planned to provide insurance cover to all citizens, but priority would be given to the men in uniform.

Lauding the efforts of the Delhi police in maintaining law and order in the face of modern day challenges, Mr. Patil said the force "had done more than what was expected of it". He, however, cautioned the need to be on constant vigil and employ the latest technology and equipment to serve the masses. On the issue of representation of women in the police force, Mr. Patil said the strength of women had increased over the years but lamented the delay in meeting the target.

Police Commissioner K.K. Paul highlighted the various initiatives taken towards modernisation of the force. He claimed that modernisation efforts had led to significant fall in the number of complaints and improved the every day working of the force.

Addressing the problem of delayed promotions, Dr. Paul said 291 sub-inspectors were promoted recently. Praising the innovative community-policing plan "Parivartan", he said it had resulted in some very positive outcomes in terms of curbing crimes against women. The police were in the process of acquiring more PCR vehicles and their number was all set to increase to 470 by the end of the current financial year, he added. Earlier, the Home Minister took the salute at the parade that was commanded by Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Sanjay Kumar. Mr. Patil also presented medals for distinguished and meritorious service.

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