Friday, May 12, 2006

UP failed to modernise police force

Umesh Raghuvanshi
Lucknow, May 12

THE COMPTROLLER and Auditor General (CAG) has taken a strong exception to slackness in implementing ‘Modernisation of Police Force’ scheme, leaving zero impact on performance of the force in Uttar Pradesh. There has been no improvement in response time.

As per the scheme, 14,666 outdated weapons, including .303 bore rifles and .410 muskets were to be replaced by modern weapons, including 7.62 SLR/ 5.56 INSAS rifles. Besides, AK-47 rifles were to be provided to the police in high security risk areas like security of VIPs, STF and the Naxal prone areas in 2000-2005.

As police failed to replace 9,768 outdated weapons and acquired 1,500 AK-47 against approval for 9,046 AK-47s, about 80 per cent outdated weapons were still in use, observed the CAG in its report submitted in the Vidhan Sabha here today.

The CAG said the department not only failed to augment its training infrastructure but also did not utilise existing capacity of the training courses.

Enough number of trainees were not arriving at the training centres due to various elections, said the CAG.

The CAG observed that the Union Ministry of Home Affairs approved installation of dial 100 and voice logging system in City Control Rooms (CCRs) in 26 districts in 2000-2002 at a cost of Rs 12.53 crore to reduce the response time. The State government, however, sanctioned installation of dial 100 and voice logging system only in 10 districts and funds meant for the purpose were diverted to other heads, said the CAG adding the CCRs remained ill equipped as Maruti Chetak, troop carriers, motor cycles and dragon lights were not available in many districts.

The Centre had introduced the ‘Modernisation of Police Force’ scheme in 1969 for augmenting housing facilities for police personnel, increasing mobility, equipping with modern arms, strengthening control rooms and highway patrolling to meet the threat of internal security effectively.

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