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Posted On : 20 Mar, 2017  Source : PTI  Place : Chandigarh 
Amarinder orders immediate manpower audit of police force
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today directed the state police to immediately withdraw personnel from "non-essential" duties and deploy them on "streets" for the security of people.

In a bid to streamline the system's functioning and promote welfare of personnel, the state government also asked the Commission of Police and Senior Superintendents of Police to carry out a manpower audit.

Addressing administrative and police officers here, the Chief Minister said his government had decided to implement "sweeping" police reforms, in-line with the Supreme Court's directives and the promises made in the Congress's poll manifesto.

An official spokesman said a State-Level Review Committee (SLRC), being headed by the DGP (Law and Order), is already in place to review the security being provided to various 'protectees'.

The committee will carry out a comprehensive review of the security being provided to constitutional, public functionaries, officials and individuals, he said.

It will submit its recommendations on the security cover being provided to each of the 'protectees' to Punjab DGP Suresh Arora by March 24, the spokesman said.

Amarinder directed the Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, CPs and SSPs to immediately carry out an exercise to rationalise the boundaries of police stations.

They have been asked to send their proposal to the Home Department within two weeks, the spokesman said.

The Chief Minister said his government had decided to carry out territorial restructuring of police stations and sub-divisions to increase efficiency.

Amarinder also directed officials to end the 'Halqa In-charge' system in the state.

Steps should be taken to ensure fixed working hours for police personnel, especially for those at police stations and posts, the Chief Minister said.

Pointing out that his government had decided to implement a fixed schedule for the police, except in the case of emergency, to improve working conditions and allow them to look after their families, Amarinder said the welfare of personnel was one of his key electoral promise and he was committed to implementing it.

To "ensure" and "restore" the rule of law in the state, the Chief Minister said he believed in giving a free-hand to his officers, but expected time-bound accountability and results.

He made it clear that there would be no interference of any kind in day-to-day administration, in the working of police stations and core policing functions, such as investigations and traffic enforcement.

File charge sheet in graft cases within 3 days: Amarinder

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh today directed district administration and police officers to crack down on corruption and file charge sheet against the corrupt within three days.

"In order to take quick and decisive action against the corrupt, officers should issue notice and file charge sheet within three days of filing of complaint," he said at a meeting with Deputy Commissioners and Senior Superintendents of Police here.

"Officers should ensure that the rules are strictly followed. They should go digital to speed up work and monitor delays," the Chief Minister said.

Singh asked them to be fair and hear each party while following due process, monitor actions of their juniors and report their own actions to seniors.

Observing that his government had decided, in its first cabinet meeting, to implement various measures to improve the delivery of public services, the chief minister said he expected all district officers to get cracking immediately and ensure expeditious action for the welfare of the people.

The impact of these changes, he said, should be visible in their public dealings.

He asked officers to be present in their offices from 9 AM to 5 PM on all working days, with tours to be announced on website and notice board.

Appointment hours should be fixed and appointments should be given on the phone or online, and all applications should be scanned and followed up on computer, he said.

Reply should be sent to the applicant via email, SMS or post within the time limit set under the Right To Service Act, Singh told officers. 

The chief minister said all registrations should be returned the same day and refusals, if any, should be recorded in writing.

All mutations will now have to be decided within seven days and mutation application with full names and addresses of parties should be forwarded by Sub Registrars to Fard Kendra the same day.

In a bid to clean up the transport system, he ordered online payment of all transport taxes and computerised recovery of arrears.

All power connection applications should be made online, and pendency should be displayed on website and monitored by the DC concerned, the Chief Minister said.

Urging the officers to give citizens due respect, the chief minister directed them to ensure good seating, cooling, sufficient space and drinking water in their offices.

Information boards, pamphlets, kiosks, counters should be provided to the public, along with assistance in filling up forms, applications and response through SMS.