Director General of Police (DGP), K. Rajendra Kumar has greeted the people of the State and all ranks of JKP, besides their families and the families of martyrs on the eve of New Year. In his message, Rajendra has reiterated his commitment of public service, saying that JKP, after facing different challenges with fortitude is now increasing focus on other facets of professional policing. Drive against different social crimes has been intensified, besides maintaining law and order in the State. Professional skills of our personnel are being sharpened to enhance capabilities. We, at all times dedicate ourselves to the highest ethical and a professional standard to maintain public confidence, Rajendra has added. Elaborating the achievements of the force, DGP has said that the police performed extremely well in maintaining peace and order in the State, but at the same time have to rejuvenate our energies and ponder upon our shortcomings so that we could find ways and means to overcome these in New Year. He said that we have to enhance the spirit of public service among us and live up to the increasing expectations of the people, by delivering at grass root levels. Rajendra said that JKP has stood at par with the premier police forces of the country and is now called upon to pay more attention to other aspects of policing to keep pace with the Government’s policy of stability and consolidation. Without scaling down fight against terrorism, the force has to attend to crime detection and prevention in the society and show credible results. Similarly, cyber crimes, drug peddling and traffic management must engage the urgent attention of all officers and ranks of the force in the coming New Year, he added. DGP said that public cooperation is soul of policing and we have established tangible bonds with the people by visible attitudinal changes. Civic Action Programme is among the initiatives to act as a bridge between police and the people. The immediate requirements of the local populace are met through this programme. Winning hearts and minds is the basic essence of works undertaken during this Programme. Main thrust is given on factors which help to percolate to below poverty line families and unemployed youth with focus on providing them a platform to showcase their talent. Ethical policing has also helped the force to reinforce the positive image among the masses. Rajendra disclosed that welfare of police personnel and their families has remained all time priority of the Organization and during the year gone by, more than Rs. 34 crore have been spent on different welfare measures which include Rs. 14.5 crore as special welfare relief to the next of kins of deceased police personnel and SPOs, Rs. 1.6 crore as ex-gratia relief to the families of martyrs. Besides Rs. 0.40 crore were distributed among the children of serving police personnel and martyrs as scholarship and rewards, to groom their schooling, Welfare loan and relief of more than Rs.17 crore was also sanctioned for deserving retired and serving personnel. DGP has expressed his gratitude to the State and Central governments for their generous support in making the force stronger, saying that without the support of the govt. and cooperation from the public, the force would not have succeeded on different fronts.
2015 Kashmir Despatch