After being repeatedly criticized for its law and order, India’s most populous state under Akhilesh Yadav, took a complete U-Turn! What the UPCM took next was the biggest step in India to curb the crime rate, with UP-100. His new policing scheme has changes the scenario and how.
UP-100 has around 3,200 Innovas and Boleros with a total of 22,275 policemen stationed across the state, as part of its campaign. The police team reaches the crime or accident spot in 20 minutes in rural areas and in 15 minutes in cities. UP Police Additional Director General Anil Agarwal said, “In 82% of cases in last 50 days, our vehicles reached the spot within this time-limit.”
According to the Economic Times, the highest number of calls in the 50 days of operation were complaints about disputes and the second highest number of calls were about domestic violence. These amounted to 60,000 and 23,127 respectively. Agarwal said, “Maximum cases were of man beating wife, the family beating the wife and senior citizens getting beaten.”
The 5,600 calls were made by women regarding complaints against sexual harassment. Half of them were about assaults and abuse. There were also a dozen calls about acid attacks. Akhilesh Yadav’s mega project has empowered women to seek police assistance against domestic violence and improved law and order in the first 50 days of the launch. The team also says it saved 59 people from committing suicide.
The control room is run by a team of 700 women, outsourced from Tech Mahindra, who operate from the outskirts of Lucknow. They attend the distress calls on 600 telephone lines. Maximum calls have come from Lucknow, Allahabad, Kanpur, Ghaziabad, Varanasi, Agra and Gorakhpur, in that order.
The Election Commission has ordered that the UP 100 team not be diverted for election duties. The calls to the control room are recorded and documented and covered under RTI.
It is a great initiative by CM Akhilesh Yadav who has given the people of Uttar Pradesh to voice their worries and receive immediate help. Social Samajwadi would like to appreciate the thinking of this young leader.