In a further step towards effective policing in Uttar Pradesh, chief minister Yogi Adityanath has approved the introduction of the police commissionerate system in three more districts of the state.
In a Cabinet meeting held in Lucknow on Friday, CM Yogi gave a go-ahead to set up police commissionerates in Agra, Ghaziabad and Prayagraj.
Under the commissionerate system, senior police officers are given magisterial powers. In this system, depending upon the sanction provided by the state government, the commissioner of police (CP) post can be held by an IPS officer of the rank superintendent of police and above.
Minister for urban development, AK Sharma further elucidated that the commissionerate system in these three districts will be implemented after they will get the status of metropolitan areas first as per the rules of The Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).
Uttar Pradesh has now seven districts that have police commissioners. In January, 2020, Gautam Buddh Nagar (Noida) and Lucknow came under it, where Sujit Pandey in Lucknow and Alok Singh in Noida were made the first police commissioners.
On March 26, 2021, the system was declared in Kanpur and Varanasi, where Vijay Singh Meena in Kanpur and A Satish Ganesh in Varanasi were made police commissioners.
A number of recommendations by the government committees have pushed for the implementation of the police commissionerate system in the cities where the population is growing quickly and exceeds 10 lakhs.
In this regard, the director general of police had also sent a proposal to the home department.
According to reports, rural areas of these districts will also be included in this system along with urban police stations. The notification regarding this is yet to be issued.
In the previous meetings during changes in Lucknow, Varanasi and Kanpur police systems, the Cabinet had decided to end the rural district system and include the entire district in the police commissionerate, keeping in view the practical problems faced in the operation of rural police stations.