Chief Minister to grill poorly performing Police Inspectors

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Oct 2018 08:10:08


By Dheeraj Fartode,

‘Bottom four’ police stations are on the CM’s radar

AFTER pulling up top brass of State Police for poor performance in recently-held half-yearly meeting of Unit Heads, Chief Minister (CM) Devendra Fadnavis has now decided to directly hold Police Inspectors (PIs) accountable for growing crime and low conviction rate.
Fadnavis, who is also Home Minister, will hold district-wise meetings of various projects this month and grill PIs for poor performance in conviction rate, crime against women and detection rate.

Sources informed that directives to this effect were issued to every police unit after State Planning Department gave guidelines for month-long district-wise meetings. The reason behind this direct contact with police inspectors was the failure of top officials in explaining reasons for ‘non-performance’ in a meeting held with the Chief Minister recently, sources added.

Fadnavis will take stock of conviction rate, crime against women, numbers of detected and undetected crime cases for each police station in all district units and commissionerates. As per the Government Resolution (GR), the Chief Minister will seek explanation from PIs heading the ‘bottom four’ police stations of every units in all the aforesaid parameters. The PIs will have to explain reason for non-performance of their police stations and will be responsible for resultant action if their explanation is not satisfactory.

A top ranked official informed that this was happening for the first time in the State when the Chief Minister would directly interact and if necessary seek explanation from PIs.
Another top official, who attended half-yearly meeting of Unit heads in August, told ‘The Hitavada’ that Fadnavis was upset with non-performance of some police units and officials despite providing country’s best technology. “He was shocked to see dismal conviction rate and spurt in crime against women in some police units,” the official added.

Maharashtra’s average conviction is 34% while conviction rate of Pune (Rural) was just 7.71%, 10% in Jalna, 12% in Washim, 18 % in Sangli, 15% in Yavatmal, 14% in Parbhani, 14% in Latur and 18% in Gondia.

After receiving the orders, Reader Branch of police units has started preparing crime statistics of respective police units till September 2018 and identifying ‘bottom four’ worst-performing police stations. Respective Police Commissioners and Superintendent of Police would also remain on target of Chief Minister during the meeting, sources informed.