April 5. Dr Kiran Bedi, after taking charge as Inspector General Of Police (IGP), Chandigarh,
today listed a series of changes, including coordination with NGOs, stringent traffic regulation,
surprise visits to police stations, computerization of police stations, a check on unmetered auto
rickshaws and a strong beat system.
Besides, she assured that social development of families
of police personnel was high on her agenda. Immediately after out going IGP, Mr R.P Singh, handed
over charge to Dr Bedi around 11.15 a.m. she held a two-hour meeting with the two SSPs, Mr N.S
Randhawa and Mr Ajay Kashyap and the two SPs Mr Balbir Singh and Mr Baldev Singh.
Later, while talking to media persons, Dr. Bedi said,
I have fixed no priorities, but every aspect of policing as a whole is my priority. I will
first study the ground reality in Chandigarh. Seeking return reports from officers is not my way
of functioning. From tomorrow, each morning at 9 a.m. the SSPs, the SPs and I will be going to one
police stations each on visit. The SP (Traffic) will be out at 8 a.m. to oversee the traffic
The 1972 batch UT cadre IPS official said one of the main
projects would be computerization of all police stations and their interlinking. A meeting with
the National Information Centre (NIC) has
set-up and the funds are already there.
All traffic challans will also be computerized. Licenses
of drivers who repeatedly commit traffic violations would be
She has also fixed a meeting this week with auto rickshaw
drivers and taxi drivers. She has already been told about unmetered auto rickshaws. City residents
would be mailed traffic complaint cards.
She also plans a strong beat system under which about 400
police personnel, including men and women will be trained to interact with the citizens.
During the next 15 days the IGP known for her straight
talking will review the crime and traffic management, work out strategy for refresher courses for
ministerial staff and initiate the recruitment process, besides meeting the prosecution branch to
know about old cases. Crime against women will be dealt with properly she said.
The countrys first woman IPS official, who has
carried out major reforms for Tihar Jail inmates, said she would give high priority to the welfare
of staff, their housing, health facilities and education for their kids. We will also
arrange stress releasing programs like meditation program for police personnel, Dr Bedi
When asked about the VIP culture prevailing in the city,
she said, I will respond when I will face it.