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Chidambaram slams undue transfers of cops

Sep 14, 2009 11:33 PM IST India India

New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram is upset about the way politicians misuse power to get their political agendas straightened.

"It is a matter of deep regret that many police officers have been reduced to mere footballs, to be kicked here and there from one place to another," Chidambaram said at the three-day conference of Directors Generals of Police from across India, being held in New Delhi.

Referring to the way police officers are transferred for political reasons, Chidambaram has told state governments to stop treating policemen in an uncouth manner.

"It is the neglect of tried and tested methods that led us to a situation where we seem unequal to the challenges faced by the country, " he added.

He also urged the Forces to hit back.

Speaking on the first day of the conference, the Union Home Minister chose the Monday morning in New Delhi to launch his attack on the subject, sparing not even those who graced his office and post earlier on.

"The measures that we have taken were long since overdue. They in a sense exposed the neglect and the tardiness of the past. The Centre and the state must share the blame for the reminiscences of the past," Chidambaram said.

Chidambaram made it clear that he wanted to change the mindset of the country and for the purpose, listed some methods he had in mind.

High on Chidambaram's plans are:

  • Turning the Multi-Agency Centre (MAC) into a National Counter Terrorism Centre
  • The MAC now coordinates intelligence on terrorism, to be turned around to serve the nation in a different way.
  • Enact a Model Police Act
  • Start Mega-City policing

Chidambaram's sharp criticism of state governments indulging in random transfers of police officials was met with stinging response from some states, especially those ruled by the Opposition BJP.

"Neither the words nor the actions of the Union Home Minister are befitting to what post he adorns," said Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan.