The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh on Monday approved the commissionerate system of policing in Lucknow and Noida, which aims at giving more powers to the police.
The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, Mr Adityanath said that the state capital Lucknow and economic capital of the state Noida will have an Additional Director General-level (ADG) officer as police commissioner. Both police commissioners will have magisterial powers.
The system gives more powers, including magisterial powers, to police officers and is aimed at better and effective policing. Under the new system 40 police stations in Lucknow will be brought under the police commissioner who will have a team of two Inspector-Generals as joint commissioners, nine Superintendent of Police-rank (SP) officials and a lady officer of SP rank along with a lady officer of Assistant superintendent of police rank, the Chief Minister said. The lady officers will work exclusively for cases relating to crime against women and its control.
In Noida, under the Additional Director General rank, there will be two Deputy Inspector Generals (DIG), five SPs, a SP-rank lady officer and an ASP rank official for traffic control.
"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," he said.
"It was being considered since the past sometime that this system should be used for the urban population but it was ignored because of lack of political will power. I am happy that it has been approved for implementation in these two important areas," he said.
As per the 2011 census, Lucknow had a population of around 29 lakh which today has reached 40 lakhs while that of Gautambudh Nagar (Noida) was 16 lakhs and today is 25 lakh, Mr Adityanath said. The cabinet has also approved setting up two new police stations in Noida, he said. Besides, a network of CCTVs will also be set by in these two districts, he added.
To a question if other major cities will also have the police commissionerate system, the Chief Minister said whatever steps are needed for better law and order will be taken.