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Monday, 17 March 2014 - 10:05am IST | Agency: dna

Following the chief minister Siddaramaiah's direction, the DG & IGP recently passed an order making 10 additional directors general of police (ADGPs) in-charge for 28 police districts of the state to supervise and improve policing.

But it seems that the order has not gone well with some top cops as they feel that the new system would lead to confusion among police heads of districts besides there will be overlap of instructions.In the annual senior police officers meet held last month, the CM had directed the state police chief to make ADGPs in-charge for 3-4 districts, so that it would help improve policing.

The direction was given on the lines of administration where principal secretaries and secretaries of various departments are made in-charge of a few districts.Following this, the DG & IGP Lalrokhuma Pachuau passed an order and 10 ADGPs were made in-charge for 28 police districts. However, Bangalore city was given exemption in the order, as the city's police commissioner is an officer of the rank of ADGP.

Further, the order clearly stated that the new supervisory duties of the ADGPs will be in addition to existing responsibilities and also, it would not curtail the existing powers of IGPs of ranges and district police heads.However, some officers feel that the system would put them in confusion as number of officers they need to communicate are more.

"Earlier, whenever there was a major incident, we used to apprise our range IGP, who in turn would inform the ADGPs. With the new system in place, it will do the same. But the problem is, when something major happens, the directions will be from more people. District-in-charge ADGP, IGP will give directions.

Besides, the ADGP (crime) or the ADGP (law & order) will also have to intervene based on the nature of the incident," an SP of a district said.

"There won't be a problem if all the officers give the same direction. But, what to do if their directions are different, and whose order should to be followed in such instances? If one officer's instruction is not followed, then there are chances of them taking it personally and it would lead to other repercussions," another SP said.An ADGP, on condition of anonymity, said that there could be overlap of instructions.

"It could happen in some cases and we will ensure that there will be no difference in the directions as it will given after discussion among ADGPs."

Who heads which districts:
- ADGP (Transport, Traffic and Modernisation)- Mangalore City, Chikmagalur and Kolar
- ADGP (Law & Order) - Hubli-Dharwad city, Gulbarga and Mandya
- ADGP (Recruitment & Training) - Mysore City, Hassan and Chitradurga
- ADGP (Intelligence)- Tumkur, Chikballapur and Uttara Kannada
- ADGP (Administration) - Bangalore district, Ramanagar, Udupi and Mysore district
- ADGP (Crime & Technical Services) - Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu, Belgaum and Dharwad district
- ADGP (Directorate of Civil Rights Enforcement) - Bijapur, Yadgir, Raichur and state railway police wing
- ADGP (KSRP) - Bidar, Haveri, Chamarajanagar and KGF
- ADGP (Police Computer Wing)- Davanagere, Bagalkot and Bellary
- ADGP (Internal Security Division) - Koppal, Gadag and Shimoga

(mybangalore@dnaindia.net)




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