Professional - Inspector General of Police, Chandigarh

Kiran to get cracking at 9 a.m. daily

(The Tribune, 6 April 1999)

    April 5. Dr Kiran Bedi, after taking charge as Inspector General Of Police (IGP), Chandigarh, today listed a series of changes, including coordination with NGOs, stringent traffic regulation, surprise visits to police stations, computerization of police stations, a check on unmetered auto rickshaws and a strong beat system.
    Besides, she assured that social development of families of police personnel was high on her agenda. Immediately after out going IGP, Mr R.P Singh, handed over charge to Dr Bedi around 11.15 a.m. she held a two-hour meeting with the two SSPs, Mr N.S Randhawa and Mr Ajay Kashyap and the two SPs Mr Balbir Singh and Mr Baldev Singh. 
    Later, while talking to media persons, Dr. Bedi said, ‘I have fixed no priorities, but every aspect of policing as a whole is my priority. I will first study the ground reality in Chandigarh. Seeking return reports from officers is not my way of functioning. From tomorrow, each morning at 9 a.m. the SSPs, the SPs and I will be going to one police stations each on visit. The SP (Traffic) will be out at 8 a.m. to oversee the traffic deployment.’
    The 1972 batch UT cadre IPS official said one of the main projects would be computerization of all police stations and their interlinking. A meeting with the National Information Centre (NIC) has 
been set-up and the funds are already there. 
    All traffic challans will also be computerized. Licenses of drivers who repeatedly commit traffic violations would be cancelled.     
    She has also fixed a meeting this week with auto rickshaw drivers and taxi drivers. She has already been told about unmetered auto rickshaws. City residents would be mailed traffic complaint cards. 
    She also plans a strong beat system under which about 400 police personnel, including men and women will be trained to interact with the citizens.
    During the next 15 days the IGP known for her straight talking will review the crime and traffic management, work out strategy for refresher courses for ministerial staff and initiate the recruitment process, besides meeting the prosecution branch to know about old cases. ‘Crime against women will be dealt with properly’ she said.
    The country’s first woman IPS official, who has carried out major reforms for Tihar Jail inmates, said she would give high priority to the welfare of staff, their housing, health facilities and education for their kids. ‘We will also arrange stress releasing programs like meditation program for police personnel,’ Dr Bedi said.
    When asked about the VIP culture prevailing in the city, she said, ‘I will respond when I will face it.’
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