Union Minister Home Affairs Amit Shah has said that the fear associated with police to be removed by bringing a positive behavioral change in the personnel.
And he added that the IPS as an institution must make this change percolate to the grassroots
Addressing the 2018 Batch IPS Officers here on 8 October, Mr. Shah encouraged them to be proud to be part of a service that is continuously working to ensure safety and security of the people.
He said that contrary to the image of police portrayed in popular culture, it is these officers, from top to bottom, who are responsible for maintaining law & order and safeguarding the internal security of the country.
He said that there is a need for bringing a positive change in the public perception about police.
Mr.Shah said that for developing a positive image of police, it is necessary that young probationers focus on discharging their official duties honestly and make positive contribution for the betterment of the society.
Giving his views on reforms in the policing system, Mr.Shah said that reforming the system does not mean shunning the traditional ways of policing totally; rather it is a continuous process of adaptation of the old methods to address new challenges.
He noted that the challenges faced by societies change, and so should the responses to them, from laws to technology. The Home Minister said that the government is committed to police reforms and encouraged the probationers to individually carry out small yet important improvements in local police functioning, wherever they were posted.
Maintenance of peace and stability is very important to achieve Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a $5 trillion economy, Mr.Shah added.
Mr.Shah expounded on the changing role of police and said that the colonial role of police as an agent of fear is not the reality of today. He called for. He said that in PM’s vision of a ‘New India’, minimum use of force and maximum effectiveness should be the motto of police everywhere and there is a need of human touch and sensitivity in the Police to gain peoples’ trust.
Mr.Shah called for a conceptual change in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) and said that the amended code must be in line with India being a Welfare State. He noted that the purpose of the IPC and CrPC has shifted from preservation of the British Empire to the welfare of people, and this has to be reflected in the provisions and application of the code.
Mr.Shah advised the probationers to never run away from responsibility and never compromise with discipline. He said that there are three constituents of constitutional framework of the country - the people, the government and the bureaucracy. The government and the bureaucracy need to perform their roles responsibly in order to effectively implement the Constitution in its letter and spirit