Today, I am writing about something which I personally feel should go viral, so viral that everybody knows about it. It should be appreciated and encouraged to such an extent that every district in our country starts adopting it and implementing it. It might just change the whole law and order scenario of our country.
There is this small district in Telangana named Adilabad; it consists of 1600 villages and 866 gram panchayats. Adilabad police has initiated a simple effort to become more accessible to general public to improve the quality of policing in the backward tribal districts known for the reluctance of people in contacting police even in dire situations. Every village in the district now has the phone numbers of the police officers concerned displayed prominently on the walls of the gram panchayat building or a house close to the village square. This saves considerable amount time and energy of the people to get in touch with the law enforcers as almost every family now owns a mobile phone and almost the entire area has good mobile connectivity despite the hilly terrain.
To improve the relation between the people and the police, a constable has been earmarked to individual habitations as a Village Police Officer (VPO). It is the duty of the VPO to periodically visit the villages under his jurisdiction and interact with locals to learn about their problems besides collecting information on the general crimes. The periodicity of the visit will depend upon the distance of given villages from the nearest police station. This approach will keep the police abreast of the issues in the villages.
They are calling this a Welcome Initiative, “Aao apni Takleefe batao”. This initiative was launched almost a month ago named “Police for you” and it is giving out successful results. The people of Adilabad are feeling much more secured. The crime rates have also fallen down to a considerable level.
Adilabad’s Superintended of Police observes this as an idea to instill confidence among the poor people living in far flung villages that help is in hand.Another police officer says that they are even requesting the villagers to inform them all their problems even those which are not directly their concerns as they believe that it will help them to sensitize towards the people of their district.
After reading this, I know, something titillated inside you. What if such an initiative is taken by all the police departments of our country, what a considerable change it will make. Our reluctance to approach police will be gone, we will rather be encouraged to go and register complaints. Innumerable cases of rape, theft, violence etc are not reported in our country because of which the crime curve is always an upward sloping one, If such an environment is created by the police force we will definitely feel much more safe and sound as this will in some way or the other inflict fear in the minds of the crime doers and eventually, the overall crime rate will fall.
Surprisingly, nothing grand is required for this, just responsible policemen and citizens. I wholeheartedly salute Adilabad police force. I want this to be shared and made viral. Sorrowfully, this news was published in The Hindu newspapers distinct column on the behind pages; it somehow surprised me; it should have rather been on the first page with highlighted statements. If such revolutionary news is not shared enough, how will people come to know? How will they realize that amidst the ocean of bad something good is also happening? Media seriously needs to recheck it’s priorities. It is not always about populism, there is always something more.