UP Police Reforms: Political capital Lucknow, Financial Capital Noida gets Commissionerate system

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In a major move, the Uttar Pradesh government on Monday approved the commissionerate system of policing in Lucknow and Noida, with an aim at giving more power to police.

Additional Director General of police Sujit Pandey and Additional Director General of police Alok Kumar will be first police commissioners of Lucknow and Noida respectively, the state government announced.

The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Addressing the media, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said, ”Since the past 50 years, there was a demand to enforce the police commissionerate system for smart policing and today the cabinet has taken a decision in this regard.”

“State capital Lucknow and economic capital of the state Noida will have an ADG-level officer as police commissioner and both police commissioners will have magisterial powers,” the chief minister added. The two towns have been selected on a pilot basis

The implementation of the police commissionerate system will curtail the district magistrates role with only revenue related work and all decisions regarding law and order will be taken by the police commissioners. A total of 15 functions, which were earlier administered by the district magistrate office, will now be controlled by the police commissionerate.

Under the new system, the Lucknow police commissioner will head a team comprising of two IGs as joint commissioners, nine SP-rank officials and a lady officer of SP rank along with a lady officer of ASP rank.

Whereas the Noida police commissioner will lead a team comprising two DIGs, five SPs, an SP-rank lady officer and an ASP rank official for traffic control.

A woman police officer of SP rank will work exclusively for the security of women in the city.

Talking further about the cabinet decisions, the Chief Minister stated, “The cabinet has also approved setting up two new police stations in Noida and besides this, a network of CCTVs

will also be set by in these two districts with the use of Nirbhaya Fund.”

The CM underlined that the UP government was committed to ensuring the safety and security of the 230 million people and it would not drag its feet in taking more actions.

Meanwhile, UP Director General of Police OP Singh during a conversation with a news channel informed that UP will not copy similar models being followed by other states and metropolitan cities but will evolve according to the specific needs.

New Delhi | PBNS Bureau