Lucknow, Jan 13 (GCCurrentAffairs) To make policing more effective in the state, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday introduced the Police Commissionerate system in Lucknow and Gautam Buddhnagar (Noida) districts after the state Cabinet’s approval.
The introduction of the new system follows mass violence in the state, particularly in Lucknow, during the CAA protests on December 19.
ADG (Meerut) Alok Singh and ADG( Prayagraj) Sujit Pandey have been appointed as the first Police Commissioner of Noida and Lucknow respectively.
Making the announcement before the media after the Cabinet meeting, the Chief Minister claimed that his government has all political will power to deal with every situation and this new system will give more teeth to the police to control crime.
“Besides, we have appointed two women police officers in both the cities to deal with the crime against the fairer sex, who will be entrusted to monitor the pending cases in women atrocities,” he said, adding that a special police officer would also be deployed for controlling traffic system.
In Lucknow, the new 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 Commissionerate system. But in Lucknow, the population is around 4 million when as per 2011 census it was 29 lakhs while in Noida, the present population is around 2.5 million when the figure in 2011 was around 1.6 lakhs.
Though the CM did not mention anything about the other big cities where this new policing system would be introduced, but officials maintained that Lucknow and Noida has been covered on an experimental basis and after its success it would be introduced in Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Kanpur, Agra and Meerut.
The Police Commissioner system was discussed first during the Mayawati regime in 2010 but the move was derailed by IAS lobby.