New Delhi, 18 July-2014, IANS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to New Delhi on Thursday…
Guwahati: Addressing the security meet of senior police officials at Guwahati on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi advocated the concept of ‘SMART’ policing, and said a country which has an efficient intelligence network does not need any arms and ammunition to run the government.
Modi said, “The police should be ‘SMART’ – S: Sensitive and Strict; M: Modern and Mobile; A: Alert and Accountable; R: Reliable and Responsible; T: Techno savvy and trained.
The police force should inculcate these values to ensure best policing which will go a long way in improving its image and work culture, he said.
The Prime Minister also 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”.
Stating that good intelligence system is required for the nation’s defence, Modi added, “More than the weapons the potential lies with the one who carries it.”
The Prime Minister said police welfare is another issue which need to be given importance. “An officer may be very good but it’s important that his or her family is taken care of as well. Our Home Minister has been a successful Chief Minister of a big state and his guidance will be beneficial,” he said.
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”.
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, Modi 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,” he 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”.
Modi further said, “The perception about policemen must change. Through policemen a lot of good things are happening in the nation. But why can’t positive stories be put on a website? If a police station has a website listing, good acts done every week will win the trust of the people and good work done by police will come in front of people collectively.”