Pune: An initiative by erstwhile police commissioners of Pune, ‘Janata Darbar’, where the police chief meets citizens to hear them out for an hour a day, has been shunned by the current police commissioner Satish Mathur.
So far the commissioner has delegated the work to his subordinates to meet the people of Pune and understand their issues. Janata Darbar was introduced a few years ago to hear out the public grievances personally. It has been carried out on for the past couple of years at the Commissioner’s Office.
During the darbar, people personally meet the commissioner and discuss their problems which were not heard or taken cognizance at the police station level. Thereafter, the commissioner takes action or orders his subordinate to look into the matter. Former city commissioners used to attend it almost on a daily basis. Former city commissioner and additional director general of police (prisons) Meeran Chadhan Borwankar said, “I used to give time to people during my tenure and it has helped me lot. It was a session where I used to get ground level policing information from the people.”
According to Borwankar, this one hour is necessary to address people’s problems but refused to comment on the present commissioner’s stance.
Presently, the darbar is addressed either by a additional commissioner of police or a deputy commissioner (DCP) ranked officer. Interestingly, there is no consistency in the officers. Everyday, a new officer addresses the darbar. On an average, 25 people come to the commissioner office for the purpose. Former city commissioner Gulabrao Pol told dna, “I used to attend the darbar whenever I was in office. Only during my absence, joint commissioner used to attend the darbar and solve their problems.”
Mathur did not comment on the issue. He said, “Presently, I am busy visiting the poll booths in the city.” He did not reply to the text message sent to him too