All India services officers especially IPS should shun publicity: Amit Shah

NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said All India Services officers especially those in the IPS should stay away from publicity as the urge to seek publicity hinders work. Shah also asked young IPS officers to do the needful for improving the image of police while serving their respective organisations and said there is a need for increasing public contact.
The urge to seek publicity hinders work even though it is difficult to stay away from social media in the present times, he said, interacting with probationary officers of the 72nd batch of the Indian Police Service (IPS) through video-conferencing. The home minister said police officers should stay away from publicity and rather focus on their duties, a home ministry statement said.
Shah said there are allegations against police about taking “no action” or taking “extreme action”, hence they should work towards taking “just action”. “Just action means natural action and police should understand the law and do the right thing,” he said.
Shah said only police personnel will have to work for improving their image. “Communication and sensitivity is necessary to improve the image of the police, that is why there is a need to sensitise all police persons as well as increase communication and public contact,” he said.