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UP govt implements police commissioner system for Lucknow, Noida

The system gives more powers, including magisterial powers, to IPS officers of the Inspector General of Police (IG) rank posted as commissioners.

Anab Mehdi

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Published on 13 Jan 2020 6:05 AM GMT

UP govt implements police commissioner system for Lucknow, Noida
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Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government that was for long planning to introduce the police commissioner system has successfully implemented it in Lucknow and Noida. In the history of the state, this is considered to be a massive step. Many governments could not implement this system due to political pressure.

In the cabinet meet, two IPS rank officers were given the charge of police commissioners. Sujit Pandey has been appointed as the first police commissioner of Lucknow and Alok Singh has been given the charge of Noida.

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The system gives more powers, including magisterial powers, to IPS officers of the Inspector General of Police (IG) rank posted as commissioners.

The system has been implemented in around 71 cities across 15 states in the country.

The move was initiated earlier also but could not be implemented as IAS and IPS officers were at loggerheads.

In December 2018, former UP Governor Ram Naik had suggested the state government to seriously consider introducing the system in the state for improvement in the law and order situation.

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He had given the suggestion in the presence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath while addressing a function at the Reserve Police Lines in Lucknow.

Naik had suggested the state government to introduce the system on a trial basis in Lucknow, Kanpur and Ghaziabad where the population has exceeded the 20-lakh mark.

Giving information about this decision taken in the cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that for the past 50 years, there was a demand for Police Commissioner system. Police commissioner system is now being implemented in both Lucknow and Noida. The court of justice has always made the government stand in dock.

CM Yogi, further told that there are a total of 40 police stations in Lucknow, so it is considered appropriate. It will have one ADG, one 2 IG and 9 SP rank officers. There will also be a female SP so that women crimes can be stopped. In addition, there will be deployment for one SP and one ASP traffic.

Yogi said that in addition to an ADG rank in Noida, there will be 5 SP level officers. While an SP will be a traffic level officer. Two new police stations will also be built here.

In this system, the power lies in the hands of police commissioner. He will have 15 powers which he will decide himself. This system is expected to increase public confidence.

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