News : Police Helpline for Senior Citizens
Margao, India, Oct 9, 2014 -- Senior citizens in the state have something to cheer about. Goa police will soon set up a dedicated helpline for senior citizens with a view to provide them assistance and a sense of security, inspector general of police (IGP) Sunil Garg said on Wednesday.
During his interaction with the public at Margao, Garg said "Information pertaining to senior citizens residing within the jurisdiction of each police station will be compiled. Beat constables will be in regular touch with the senior citizens and try to address their issues." Garg also said that police will probe further into the case of the suicide of Kiran Godbole, the assistant engineer of the WRD, in the wake of reports that his death could be linked to phone calls made to him by Quepem MLA Chandrakant 'Babu' Kavlekar, hours before he ended his life.
The IGP chose the occasion to remind the public to be equally mindful about their duties and responsibilities as citizens, as they are about asserting their rights. He stressed on the need for self discipline as a pre-requisite for solving any social malaise. "We should always bear in mind that we have duties too, apart from rights, duties towards our society and country. Self-discipline is necessary when it comes to issues like parking and riding. We tend to condone the mistakes of our kin, while trying to blame others. This is a (universal) human weakness. We should tell our children not to overtake from the left, and not to ride rash. Self discipline should come from the heart. Unless one imbibes self-discipline, there be no improvement (on any front)," Garg told a gathering of residents from Margao and surrounding areas, who were invited for an interaction with the IGP.
Garg's veiled rebuke came after some of the traders and residents insisted that police discipline errant road users and come out with innovative measures to keep the crime rate in check. The former joint commissioner of Delhi police, however, had a word of praise for the South Goa police for maintaining the premises of the district headquarters in good order.
Responding to suggestions made by the public, Garg made a few announcements: Damaged and junk vehicles lying in front of the police district headquarters at Margao would be shifted in a week's time; the women's cell of the Margao police station will now be headed by a lady PI from Thursday; eight more PSIs (police sub inspectors) will be posted at the disposal of the South Goa police to enhance its staff strength; area security committees will be formed at all police stations which will hold regular meetings over security issues.
Garg said that the SP (south) will meet market associations on traffic congestion and parking, and suggested that market associations install CCTV cameras at strategic locations in the markets, for which the police will provide technical assistance in order to beef up security.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Friday, October 10, 2014