The Union Home ministry has written to police forces across the country to assess their efforts to encourage citizens to move to cashless transactions and curb fake currency and anti-national activities, according to a report by The Indian Express. The Centre sought police forces’ help as it believes that this move might help it to achieve the objectives of demonetisation. A letter titled ‘Implementation of pending recommendation of DGsP-IGP Conference (2014, 2015 & 2016)’ was sent to all police stations in the country on September 18 and a status report was to be submitted by the Superintendents and Commissioners of Police by Thursday.
The report said that this move was taken during a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on August 25, 2017, where it was found that proof of pending recommendations being implemented was present only on paper, but no evidence was found that action had been taken on those recommendations. The recommendations made at annual conferences of Directors General of Police and Inspectors General of Police between 2014 and 2016, 25 are still to be implemented by the police of states and Union Territories, the Ministry’s letter says.
The Home Ministry has asked all the state police forces to educate people to enable the move to cashless transactions. It has also asked the Union Territories and particularly the Delhi Police, to take the lead role in this exercise.
A senior IPS officer who has reviewed the letter had told The Indian Express that it was strange that already stretched police forces were being saddled with the responsibility of educating citizens about cashless transactions, which is not a core policing function. “Maybe the decision was taken considering the law and order situation last year after demonetisation when people were angry and there were small incidents in every city,” the officer was quoted saying in the report.