Commissionerate System of Policing for Lucknow and Noida

In the cabinet meeting chaired by the UP CM Yogi Adityanath, it was decided that both Lucknow and Noida police commissioners will have magisterial powers with an ADG-level officer as police commissioner.

Crux of the Matter
  • The capital city Lucknow and economic capital Noida will now come under the commissionerate system of policing.
  • This aims at giving more powers to the police. The powers also include magisterial powers to the police officers for effective policing.
  • The cabinet also approved setting up two new police stations in Noida along with a network of CCTVs in both the districts.
  • UP Government said that 40 police stations in Lucknow will be brought under the police commissioner who will have a team of two IGs as joint commissioners, nine SP-rank officials and a lady officer of SP rank along with a lady officer of ASP rank.
  • The lady officers will look exclusively into cases relating to crime against women.
  • In Noida, under the ADG rank official as commissioner, there will be two DIGs, five SPs, an SP-rank lady officer & an ASP rank official for traffic control.
  • CM Yogi Aditynath said, “Since the past 50 years, there was a demand to enforce the police commissionerate system for smart policing.”

Police Commissionerate System is headed by a police commissioner. It is practised in cities like Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, etc. Demand for this system is increasing as it gives police a free hand to act freely and take control of any situation. 71 large cities and suburban areas currently have this system. Even during the British rule, the presidency towns of Calcutta, Bombay and Madras had commissionerate system. Reporting to the Police Commissioner are the Joint Police Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner of Police and Assistant Commissioner of Police. Commissioners of police and their deputies are empowered as executive magistrates to enforce Section 144 of the CrPC and issue arms licenses. More Info

Yogi's Word Kept, UP Rioters Sent Notices for Vandalising Public Property

Rioters who caused damage to public property in Uttar Pradesh during the Anti-CAA protests are being served with notices. CM Yogi had announced earlier that disciplinary action like penalty or seizure of private property, will be taken against people who vandalise public property.

Crux of the Matter
  • A Special Investigation Team (SIT) is probing on the cases of violence during the Anti-CAA protests. Across UP, around 300 people have been served with notices for vandalising public property.
  • Damages include damage caused to police vehicles, police barriers, police equipments, and public property. SIT is identifying people based on pictures and videos of violence.
  • 100 people in Lucknow, 43 in Bijnor, and 26 in Sambhal, 3 in Beckongank, 28 in Rampur, 33 in Gorakhpur, and many others in other violence-hit areas were served with notice.
  • The notices sought penalties in lakhs of rupees and a clause to seize property if the alleged is unable to the fine. Some people identified with vandalism have been arrested as well.
  • Many allege that the UP Police’s arrest spree is picking up innocents. Most of the people arrested or served notice cannot afford to hire a lawyer. “No picture or video can prove Mehmood’s participation in the protests. Mehmood just came out of his house when cops arrived here to arrest Pappu and Zameer. He too was bundled into the police jeep.” said the brother-in-law of a person who was arrested by the UP Police.

Anti-CAA Stir in Uttar Pradesh – Protests were held in Aligarh, Kanpur, Bareilly, Varanasi and Lucknow. Banaras Hindu University students also protested in support of AMU and Jamia students. On 19 December, the administration banned public assembly all over the state to prevent further protests in the state. Access to the internet was restricted in Azamgarh district for 2 days after protest continued for 2 days in the area. In Lucknow, several buses, cars, media vans and motorbikes were torched. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath stated that the authorities would seize the properties of those who indulge in violence in the state. More Info

UP CM Yogi Adityanath Forces 1000+ Corrupt officials to retire

In a major boost to the ‘zero-tolerance for corruption‘ policy by the UP CM Yogi Adityanath, more than 1000 government employees of different cadres have lost their jobs due to ‘inefficient and corrupt’ working practices in the state government.

Crux of the Matter
  • The UP CM has retired 37 employees in various cadres in the Transport Department, 36 in the Revenue Department and 26 in the Basic Education Department.
  • Most recently, IAS Rajiv Kumar was served a notice of forced retirement. He is a 1983 batch IAS officer who has faced serious charges of corruption in Noida and has even gone to jail.
  • Apart from this, 25 officials in the Panchayati Raj Department, 18 in the Public Works Department, 16 each in the Labour Department, Institutional Finance and Commercial Tax Department have been sent for forced retirement.
  • From July 2014 to May 2019, the Modi government has officially retired or recommended compulsory retirement of 312 government officers from the Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ services.
  • 27 senior officials, including principal and chief commissioners in the tax department, were forced to retire in June 2019.
  • Five IAS officers also have been made to resign for overstaying their foreign assignments.
  • According to disciplinary rules, the government has the right to proceed against corrupt officials on the basis of available evidence.

Corruption is an issue which adversely affects India’s economy of central, state and local government agencies. A study conducted by Transparency International in 2015 recorded that more than 62% of Indians had at some point or another paid a bribe to a public official to get a job done. In 2018 the Corruption Perception Index ranked India at 78th place out of 180. The largest contributors to corruption are entitlement programs and social spending schemes enacted by the Indian government. Examples include the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and the National Rural Health Mission. The causes of corruption in India include excessive regulations, complicated tax and licensing systems, numerous government departments with opaque bureaucracy and discretionary powers and monopoly of government-controlled institutions on certain goods. More Info