Narendra Modi for SMART Policing

Advocating the need for ‘SMART’ policing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he wanted a force which takes care of the country’s law and order in an efficient manner. The PM said it was important that the policing system should have life, it should not be robotic.

'By ‘SMART’ policing, I mean S for strict but sensitive, M for modern and mobile, A for alert and accountable, R for reliable and responsive and T for techno-savvy and trained,' the Prime Minister said while addressing the DGP/IGP’s conference in Guwhati.

Modi said, 'The police force should inculcate these values to ensure best policing which will go a long way in improving its image and work culture.'

The Prime Minister said police welfare needs to be given importance.

Modi said, 'A policeman’s life is full of tension as their life is always at stake and unless we ensure that there is peace and stability in their family, they cannot give their full to society.'

'It is the responsibility of the Government to set up a systematic system to ensure certain welfare schemes to ease their lives like medical checkup, education of their children and their housing, particularly for those at the lower level,' he said.

The PM said the country can be run through an efficient intelligence network without much dependence on arms. 'The country which has high class intelligence network does not need any arms and ammunition. So, it is very important to have a very high class intelligence network,' he said.

Modi highlighted the need to honour 33,000 police personnel martyred in the country after Independence as 'this was not a small number and their sacrifice should not go waste'.

The Prime Minister said a task force of senior police officials should be set up to workout a protocol and incorporate certain measures to ensure that the 'legacy of the sacrifice of martyrs are honoured and respect for them is established in society.'

Modi said, 'A protocol to ensure that the force takes full responsibility of conducting their last rites with full honour as they had died on duty for the safety and security of the common man.'

'Besides, each State has a police academy where new recruits are trained and it should be made mandatory to include in their syllabus an account of the life of policemen killed on duty,' he said.

'There should be a new official Government book where the new generation of police will study about these martyrs – their lives and sacrifice and every year a new updated edition should be brought out,' the PM said.

He said an e-book should be brought out in every State on these martyrs in the local language as well as the national language and 'this may seem to be a small gesture but will be a big inspiration.'

Courtesy Niti Central

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