Prime Minister Narendra Modi is credited with mooting some of the landmark concepts in multiple spheres of governance. On Friday, he once again came up with another such idea: ‘One Nation, One Police Uniform’.
Addressing an online brainstorming session of state home ministers, PM Modi asked them to consider implementing a single uniform for police forces across the country.
Currently, the dress of police forces in several states is different from each other. “I am just putting forward this as a thought for your consideration”, he said.
“This will not only ensure quality products due to the scale but also will give a common identity to law enforcement as citizens will recognize police personnel anywhere in the country. States can have their number or insignia,” he told the gathering.
He also emphasised the need to think about developing special capabilities for tourism-related policing, calling tourists the “biggest and fastest ambassadors of the reputation” of any place.
He also stressed the importance of sensitivity and the need to develop a personal touch.
Citing examples of calls by the police during the Covid-19 pandemic to help people, the prime minister also asked to strengthen human intelligence along with technological intelligence as this cannot be ignored.
He called upon the police to stay alert against the new challenges emerging in wake of India’s growing stature.
Encouraging the police to debunk fake news on social media, PM Modi said that India had to face losses due to fake news about job reservations in the past.
“We have to come up with technological advancement to prevent the spreading of fake news”, he added.
He also threw light on the need for civil defence in the country and urged the firefighters and the police to conduct drills in schools and colleges so that the students get acclaimed to the idea.
PM Modi said that even though maintaining law and order is the responsibility of the states as per the constitution, they are equally related to the unity and integrity of the country.
“Every state should learn from each other, take inspiration from each other, work for the betterment of the country, this is the spirit of the constitution and it is also our responsibility towards the countrymen”, he stated.