With the aim to make policing more effective, the Uttar Pradesh government introduced police commissionerate system in Lucknow and Gautam Buddha Nagar (Noida) districts, an announcement of which was made by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath after the state cabinet’s approval to the proposal on Monday.
ADG (Meerut) Alok Singh and ADG (Prayagraj) Sujit Pandey have been appointed as the first police commissioners of Noida and Lucknow, respectively.
Lucknow and Noida become the 72nd and 73rd cities of the country spread over 16 states to get the commissionerate system of policing.
Making the announcement after the cabinet meeting, the chief minister said that the new system would give more teeth to the police for controlling crime as the government had the “political will” to deal with every situation.
“We have appointed two woman police officers in both the cities to deal with crime against the fairer sex. They will be entrusted with the task of monitoring the pending cases of women atrocities,” Yogi said and added that a special police officer would also be deployed for controlling traffic system.
In Lucknow, the police commissionerate would cover 40 police stations while in Noida it will cover around 25 police stations of both Noida and Greater Noida.
As per the Police Act, a city with over one million population can introduce the police commissionerate system. But in Lucknow, the population is around 40 lakh when as per 2011 Census it was 29 lakh . In Noida, the present population is around 25 lakh against the figure of 16 lakh in 2011.
Though the chief minister did not mention anything about the other big cities where this new policing system would be introduced in future, officials said that Lucknow and Gautam Buddha Nagar had been taken up on an experimental basis and after the success of the system there, it would be introduced in Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Kanpur, Agra and Meerut.
The police commissionerate system was discussed first during the Mayawati regime in 2010 but the move was derailed by the powerful IAS lobby.
The chief minister said the new system would enable the senior police officers on the ground to handle the situation better while specialised units would monitored by senior levels thereby increasing their efficacy.
Besides posting police commissioner in Lucknow of ADG rank, the government would also post two joint commissioners of police (of IG rank) and nine additional commissioners of police (ACPs) of DIG rank. While the first JCP would look after law and order front, the other will manage the administration.
In Noida, it would be a bit different as along with the police commissioner, there would be two ACPs of DIG rank and five police officers of SP rank.
In both the cities, there would be two separate woman officers of the rank of SP and ASP who would be in-charge of crime against women.
Besides, a separate SP would be deployed for managing traffic.
The police commissioner will be vested with absolute powers regarding law and order, magisterial authority besides 15 other powers. However, the issuance of arm licence would not be in the purview of the police commissioner.
This system gives more teeth, including magisterial powers, to IPS officers of IG rank and above, posted as commissioners.