PM Modi in National Defense University: Agenda of Police Reform – PM Narendra Modi on Police Reform

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday rightly said at the first convocation of the National Defense University that the agenda of police reforms in the country has been pending for a long time. Immediately after independence, there was a need to make extensive reforms in the functioning of the police because the basic objective behind the formation and operation of internal security system in the British Raj was to create fear among the common people. There was no reason for such a relationship between the police force and the common people in a free country. Despite this, the structure of the police forces remained the same and there was no major change in its functioning. In this context, it is important for the Prime Minister to underline that the attitude of the police should be strict towards anti-social elements and soft towards society. Not only should the police forces be modernised, there should also be a system for their regular training. But the most important thing is to bring professionalism in the police forces, to develop work culture in it at every level. For this it is necessary that some degree of autonomy should be ensured in the police forces and political interference in day-to-day affairs should be stopped. Although some guidelines regarding appointment and tenure in high posts have been made recently, which are also being implemented, but a lot still needs to be done in this direction.

For example, if we look at the recent developments of Mumbai Police, which is considered to be the most professional in the country, the manner in which a police inspector level officer was accused of abuse of position and extortion of hundred crore rupees a month and the person who was the police commissioner said That he does not have faith in the police force, it shows how deep the disturbances are in the police system. When this is the condition of Mumbai Police, then what to talk about police in other areas where complaints of casteism, corruption in posting and transfer are common. The question of police reforms is related to all these issues and it should be expected that after the Prime Minister’s attention is drawn to it, now this process will be accelerated. But there is another aspect that has emerged in the Prime Minister’s statement which needs attention. That is the image of the police. Although the Prime Minister rightly said that the way the police are portrayed in the media is not proper, but the basic thing to remember is that the image of the police or any organization is determined the most by something, then it is its own conduct. Without improving the behavior, only an attempt is made to change the picture presented in the media, then it hardly makes any sense.