Rajnath hopes for 1 lakh men in Delhi Police by 2017

New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said he has written to the Finance Ministry, proposing to create 15,000 more vacancies in Delhi Police and expressed hope that the force will have 1 lakh men by the coming year.

He was speaking at the “Alankaran Samaroh” organised by the Delhi Police at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium to honour its 25,827 personnel, including 9,337 constables and 9,556 head constables, who have been promoted to next rank within last eight months.

“It’s the first time in the country that so many police personnel have been promoted. It’s the first time I am experiencing such a large gathering and a mega show like this. I have also written to the Finance Ministry proposing to create 15,000 more vacancy in the Delhi Police,” Rajnath Singh said.

The minister expressed his hope that “by the coming year the force will have around a lakh men”.

Emphasizing on crime in the city and making Delhi a safe place, Rajnath Singh asked the policemen that the voice and problem of the common man should be heard, and stressed that “no innocent should feel harassed, and a criminal must be punished at any cost”.

He said that the force should not work under any pressure.

Recalling his recent visit to Shanghai, he said that he was informed that around 80,000 CCTV cameras have been installed in the city and that police reaches the place of occurrence within minutes. He wished that the Delhi Police would also function in this way.

He further added that he would have a meeting with police officials as well as retired police officers to chalk out a plan on how to make the national capital a safer place for the citizens.

The minister asked “all the wives and sisters of police personnel” to enquire from them about their day-to-day work and productivity towards the society, and that the force should work with honesty and interact with people regularly.

“Policing requires interaction with the common man and hence they (Delhi Police personnel) should be connected well with them (people),” he said.