Tributes Paid To Martyrs On Police Commemoration Day
New Delhi (PIB-GR-TYP-BIN): The Union Home Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh inaugurated the Indian Police Foundation and the Indian Police Institute by lighting the lamp on October 21. The Indian Police Foundation (IPF) and the Indian Police Institute (IPI) aim at embarking a culture of research and evidence–based policing in India and to avoid subjectivity, personal biases and errors in decision-making. The Police Foundation and Institute aims to bring together the police professionals, academia and other stake holders including citizens and provide a platform to research, discuss, ideate and seek the answers.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rajnath Singh said that setting up of Indian Police Foundation and the Indian Police Institute has been initiated keeping in mind the security situation of the country. On the occasion of Police Commemoration Day today, he also paid tributes to the martyrs who have sacrificed their lives for the security of the country.
The Home Minister said that perception of Indian police needs to be changed so that the common man feels a ‘sense of confidence’ towards the police instead of perceiving it with a ‘sense of fear’. The Indian Police Foundation and the Indian Police Institute can work in the direction of giving suggestions to change this perception, he added. He said that various Committees and Commissions have been formed from time to time to improve the police system in India and several advisories to the states have also been issued, but the results in this direction depend upon the political and bureaucratic leadership of the country.
The political and bureaucratic leadership can do a lot to boost the morale of the police forces, he said. The Indian Police Foundation and the Indian Police Institute can work in coordination with other Research and Training institutes for the betterment of police system in the country.
The Union Home Minister expressed his deep concern over the increasing incidents of intolerance and violence in the country. He appealed to the countrymen to abide by the principle of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” (the whole world is a family) which was given by India only, to the rest of the world. Greeting the countrymen on the eve of Dussehra festival, the Union Home Minister appealed to the nation to maintain harmony and peace.
Addressing the audience, the Minister of State for Home, Mr. Kiren Rijiju said that Indian Police Foundation and the Indian Police Institute is going to be a world class institute. Terming it as a revolutionary step, he wished that this institute will achieve the objectives it is set for. Commenting upon the current security situation in the country, he said that the mindset of the people also needs to be reformed for the system to change. He expressed concern over the increasing crimes against women in the country and emphasized upon the change in the mindset of the society. He also mentioned that the country needs to go beyond the police reforms and certain revolutionary steps are required for change. He hoped that IPF and IPI will meet these expectations.
Mr. Prakash Singh, Chairman, the Police Foundation and Institute India and Former DGP Uttar Pradesh & Assam, Mr. N. Ramachandran, President, the Police Foundation and Institute India, Mr. Dilip Padgaonkar, Former Managing Editor, Times of India, Mr. G. K. Pillai, Former Home Secretary, Government of India, Mr. Praveen Swami, National Editor, Strategic and International Affairs, The Indian Express and Ms. Patricia Mukhim, Editor, The Shillong Times, Member NSAB also addressed the gathering on the occasion.