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Proposals for restoring law and order
Since everyone on this list is quiet, I thought I would write
some proposals on restoring law and order in our society.
1. Implementation of the National Police Commission's recommendations,
which I heard dealt extensively with reforms in the police force. I believe
this should be the first step towards achieving law and order - to make our
police more responsive, humane, and responsible. I would like to know
any of the burocrats on this list had read this report (this is a
very old one, and as usual never got implemented). I also know that this
report talks about setting up State Security Commissions for better
coordination and to make decision-making easier.
2. Government should set up committees that meet regularly
to look into the complaints/suggestion made by police personnel
regarding the organizational problems they face in carrying out their
duties. In fact we probably need something on these lines in every
profession like teachers, govt. doctors, judges etc.
3. Every police station should hold a open house for all people in its
area to come and share their concerns and to evaluate the performance of
the officers. The idea is to bring police close to the people and to
work with them. This is again an idea that can be applied to all the services
provided by the government, and is directly related to the ideal of this
group - government that works for and with the common man.
4. Banning of criminal elements in politics: we will require that all candi-
dates submit a certificate from ther local police stations showing that no
criminal cases are pending against them.
To minimize the chances of criminals
hijacking the democracy, all elections should be conducted using electronic
voting machines. I know that there is a controversy in this area, please
refer to http://www.cerfnet.com/~amehta/evmsunob.htm. At the same time,
I also read another more recent article which quoted prof. Indiresan as
saying that evm's are quite safe to use and should be used. Again, any input
from the knowledgeable folks is most welcome.
(As an aside, please visit this guy's homepage (www.cerfnet.com/~amehta/)
from where the above article is taken. His name is Arun Mehta,
I think it would be a good idea to to see if he'd want to be a part of
our discussion group. Sanjeev, what do you think?)
5. Making political parties, trade unions and other organizations that hold
dharnas and agitations accountable for any violence and destruction of
public property during such events. To achieve this we have to require
every registered organization to have a separate cell that is responsible
for any damage done by its members during rallies and meetings etc.
These guys would be criminally prosecuted even if damage of one rupee
Also, depending on the size of the proposed meeting, the organization
should be required to pay a security-deposit to cover any costs of
damage to public property.
6. Establishment of a high-fidelity information-sharing network that connects
all the police stations so that tracking of criminals becomes easy.
Basically, we should put the latest technology to the best possible use.
7. Establishment of a central authority to monitor the funding of Indian
organizations from outside India.
In addition, I remember that there was a commision that looked into the
politician-burocrat-criminal nexus. The person who headed the commision was
Gujral's secretary while he was PM. I think his name is Mehra or Malhotra.
Does anyone have any details about the recommendations by this commision?
Tell me what you all think.