Srinagar, May 14: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today asked the officers of Police Department to adopt a cautious and professional approach in dealing with the day to day situations in the State. She said the Police has been and should be an institution of public reassurance rather than a cause of fear among the masses.
The Chief Minister said this while interacting with a group of Police officers here today.
Mehbooba Mufti advised the Police officers to adopt and popularise community policing to track down the crime in the State. The approach, she said, would also help in guiding youth and dissuading them from venturing on wrong tracks. She said stress should be laid on counselling, advice and interaction in their discharge of duties.
A compassionate and responsive approach with the general population of law abiding citizens would automatically isolate the criminal elements in the society, she said. She also directed use of modern methods of investigation and crime detection instead of the obsolete ones to overcome any allegation of harassment or excess.
The Chief Minister asked the officers to follow a social catharsis approach while dealing with youth which would persuade them not to venture on the path of violent waywardness, thereby utilising these youth for positive and gainful purposes in the society.
Mehbooba Mufti asked the officers to enhance their public outreach in their respective areas to get a feel of the needs and difficulties of people. She advised them to be in constant touch with village elders and community leaders and be always ready to help them when ever called for.
Director General of Police, Dr. S P Vaid; Additional Directors General of Police, A G Mir and Muneer Ahmad Khan; IGP Kashmir zone, S P Pani and several Police officers were present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister in a separate meeting also directed taking steps for cultural integration of all the regions of the State by promoting and protecting the cultural milieu of every region and province.
Chairing a meeting of the Central Committee of the J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages, the Chief Minister directed setting up of an apex committee headed by Minister for Public Works and Culture, Naeem Akhtar to suggest opening of regional cultural centres in various parts of the State to promote and protect their cultural moorings and identity.
The other members of the committee include Vice President, JKAACL, Zaffar Iqbal Manhas; Secretary, Culture; Secretary, JKAACL and other non official members Prof. Farooq Fayaz, Om Goswami and Phunsog Wangchuk.
The committee would submit its report in two months.
The Chief Minister also directed that efforts be made for the revival of theatre which she said has a huge potential of creating awareness among masses about various social evils. She asked the Secretary, Cultural Academy to organize such programmes in the days to come to entertain people and deliver social messages to them.
In a specific direction, Mehbooba Mufti asked the Cultural Academy to hold competitions of Qira’t, Na’at and qawwali during the coming month of Ramadhan at schools and colleges to enliven the spirit of the holy month.
The Chief Minister also directed examining various options for setting up of Art Gallery by the Academy at Srinagar and submit the report at the earliest.
The meeting also directed fleshing the details of the recruitment policy and creation of various posts at the Academy at the earliest.
The meeting also paid homage to all the writers, artists and literary figures who passed away in the intervening period.