The Indian Police Service (IPS) officers provide senior-level leadership to Police Forces both in the States and at the Centre. These two stories show that the herculean task of maintaining public order on safety requires great minds and adept hands at the top.
Shri Navniet Sekera
Navniet Sekera is a 1996 batch IPS officer who is currently posted as Uttar Pradesh’s Inspector General of Police, Uttar Pradesh. He also heads the Women Powerline-1090, an IVRS-based dedicated helpline that ensures safety of women from all forms of harassment. This helpline has provided help to more than 6 lakh women. He was awarded with Dr. Kalam Innovation in Governance Award for his commendable efforts in bringing about a revolutionary change in controlling crimes against women and creating a society where women can protest against harassment and molestation with courage.
In one his interviews, Mr. Sekera recalled the day he decided to become a police officer. He said that his father, a farmer, was manhandled by the UP police when he went to the police station file a complaint.
Navniet Sekera has also been credited for the eradication of mafia and gangsters from UP with nearly 60 executions to his credit. It was under his leadership that the infamous mafia don Ramesh Kalia was executed.
Shri Rahul R Nair
Shri Rahul R Nair is a 2008 batch IPS officer who is currently posted as the District Police Chief, Ernakulam (Rural), Kerala. He is a significant part of the Kerala Police Force that is dedicated to provide the highest quality of police services to the people who live, work and visit the state. He was awarded with the Dr. Kalam Innovation in Governance Award for the project, “Bell of Faith”.
Due to the socio-economic factors, the state of Kerala has been witnessing an exodus of men and women in the productive age group. There is a mismatch between their higher educational qualifications and the suitable employment opportunities within the state. As a result, many homes in the state have only the senior citizens with more of them living alone in houses with the children and next of kin working and residing outside the state. In the recent years, there has been an influx of non-local population to the state who are increasingly being employed for a variety of concerns throughout private concerns, public works and even in households. This has also increased the threat perception faced by the senior citizens living alone. Other than security, getting timely medical attention is a prime concern. In this scenario, the ‘Bell of Faith’ project was implemented by the Kerala Police.
It is a a rather simple, high on utility, senior citizen-friendly intervention. Under this project, households with senior citizens who are in need of help and external support, especially those from the economically backward sections, are identified and selected. Thereafter, the Bell of Faith, which is essentially an RFID based device with a wireless switch is given to the senior citizens. An alarm unit is installed in the house of a willing, responsible neighbour within a radius of 50 meters to respond timely to the alarms generated. The policemen also have a key role in ensuring that the installed bells are in proper working condition through periodic inspections.
The project aims to empower the neighbourhood to partner with the local law enforcement agency in enhancing security environment of their own community. The project is also understandably low on technology to facilitate smooth operation by end users, who are technologically and physically constrained. In this way, the Bell of Faith advances the principles of participative governance and neighborhood security.
These two examples serve as hallmarks of good governance initiatives that empower the citizens, make their voices heard, and ensure development of all without any discrimination!
(Content by Arushi Sharma)