Time not ripe to introduce police commissioner system: Mayawati

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Lucknow, Nov 29 (UNI) In a major setback to the efforts of the Uttar Pradesh police to introduce the commissioner system in the state, Chief Minister Mayawati today said the ''time was not ripe to introduce the same.'' Addressing reporters here, Ms Mayawati said while the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was in favour of introducing the system in UP, the time was not yet right to take the plunge.

The CM's remarks came a day after Governor T V Rajeswar -- himself a former IPS officer and one time Director, Intelligence Bureau -- supported the commissioner system in his address to mark the annual police parade here.

''The state police still suffers from a several lacune...the time is still not correct for the commissioner system,'' she claimed.

The BSP president also blamed the previous BJP and Samajwadi Party governments for the lacune in the state police apparatus. ''During my previous regime, I had plans to introduce the system...it will have to wait,'' she added.

The state police had been striving hard for the introduction of the commissioner system in UP. The IAS strong lobby has, however, been against it as the powers of the district magistrate (DM) will be undermined.

The Governor had suggested that the Police Commissioner system should be tried in cities like Meerut and Allahabad and if successful, it could be introduced elsewhere in the state.

In the Commissioner system, which has been envisaged for important cities of the country to make policing more people-friendly, the Police Commissioner, Assistant Police Commissioner and Deputy Police Commissioner would have magisterial powers.

UNI

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