Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Wednesday said that police officers and personnel being negligent in cases of crimes against women will not be tolerated at any cost. In the review meeting of Home Department held at his residence office, Chief Minister gave instructions to take strict action against such police officers-personnel. Home Tamradhwaj Sahu was also present in the meeting.
Chief Minister directed the Chhattisgarh DGP DM Awasthi to do continuous state-level monitoring and review for prevention of crimes against women. SOP should be prepared for this and Police Headquarters should directly review the serious crimes against women. He said that a special investigation team should also be constituted in all the districts to prevent such crimes. DGP DM Awasthi informed in the meeting that Superintendents of Police in all the district have been given instructions via video conferencing to control crimes against women and to ensure speedy investigation in such cases. He informed that compared to the statistics of year 2019, number of crimes against women have decreased in year 2020.
In the meeting, Chief Minister gave approval for ‘Samarpan Abhiyan’, which is going to be launched by Chhattisgarh Police for supporting senior citizens. DGP Mr. Awasthi informed that senior citizens who live alone will be associated with this campaign. Through community policing, such senior citizens will be provided necessary facilities for protection from COVID-19 infection, their problems will be immediately resolved and essential goods and services will be provided to them.
To join this campaign, senior citizens may submit an application in local police station, or they can send the application on the whatsapp number or email address issued by Police Headquarters. In the first phase, this campaign would be started in Raipur, Durg and Bilaspur districts.
During the review, it was informed that under the Integrated Emergency Response System Dial 112, facilities such as police assistance, fire fighting, medical emergency, women support, smart city surveillance are being provided in 11 districts. Under this service, 53 lakh calls were received in about two years. Out of these, nine and a half lakh people were given police assistance, nearly four and a half lakh people were provided emergency medical services, eight thousand people were provided fire fighting service, two lakhs people were provided help in road accident cases. Six thousand children in distress were rescued, 14 thousand suicide attempts were prevented, 72 thousand women were assisted. The required assistance was provided to the needy within 16 minutes of the calls (on an average) in urban areas and within 28 minutes of the call in rural areas.
Additional Chief Secretary Home Subrata Sahu, Director Public Prosecution Pradeep Gupta, Inspector General of Police, Raipur Range Dr. Anand Chhabra, Deputy Inspector General of Police Sushil Dwivedi, Deputy Secretary of Chief Minister Secretariat Soumya Chaurasia and senior officers of Police Department were present in the meeting.