'Poor progress in devt work at Maoist-infested villages'

Every police station to hold public grievances meet on third Sunday of every month, says SP

Dakshina Kannada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Goyal has expressed displeasure over poor progress in the development work initiated in the Maoist-infested villages of Belthangady taluk.

Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of public grievances meeting held at SP office on Sunday, he said the State government had released Rs five crore to take up development work.

About Rs 3.98 crore was earmarked for development work. However, the work is moving in a snail’s pace. Only 50 per cent of the work has been completed.
The police department has submitted a proposal to the deputy commissioner on appointing youth from tribal communities as home guards for one year.

If the proposal is okayed, then 21 youth will get an opportunity. About Rs 20 lakh would be required for the same. If the funds are available, then the initiative can be continued.

After getting trained as home guards, youth can work in security agencies, he said.

Grievance day

As per the direction of the DG and IGP, public grievances day is observed on every third Sunday of a month. In this background, public grievances day was observed at SP office. One family has submitted a petition seeking help from the police.

He said public grievances day is observed in all the police stations on every third Sunday. To receive grievances at the district-level, the programme was organised in the SP office. As most of the cases get solved in the police stations, many do not turn up at the district-level. Henceforth, the grievances will be received at the police station and DySP level.

“If the grievances are solved at the police stations, then the complainant need not come to SP office. Grievances are received daily. Petitions are received from the public at SP office daily from 3 pm to 4 pm,” he added.

Helpline

The police department will provide space in the office of superintendent of police to organisations, which are working for the welfare of senior citizens, women and poor children to set up helpline and counselling centres. “A proposal has been submitted. The department does not have counselling unit. Space will be provided along with basic facilities. The NGOs setting up helpline can also take the help of law students. If NGOs come forward, helplines can be set up through single window system.”

To a query on suspension of Vittal SI, he said, “we had found loopholes in a case probed by the SI concerned. Hence, the SI has been placed under suspension. There is no pressure. The departmental inquiry will be initiated.”

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