Manipur dist police station rated country’s best
Times of India, 04 December 2020
NEW DELHI: Nongpok Sekmai police station in Thoubal district of Manipur has been rated as the best-performing one in the country for 2020. The all-women police station Suramangalam in Tamil Nadu’s Salem occupies the second slot and Kharsang police station in insurgency-hit Changlang district of Manipur is third.
Others in the list of top 10 among the country’s total 16,671 police stations are Jhimil (Bhaiya Thana) in Surajpur, Chhattisgarh; Sanguem in South Goa; Kalighat in Andaman & Nicobar Islands; Pakyong in East District of Sikkim; Kanth in Moradabad in UP; Khanvel in Dadra & Nagar Havel; and Jammikunta Town in Karimnagar, Telangana, in that order.
Home minister Amit Shah said a vast majority of the shortlisted police stations are located in small towns and rural areas. This is also true for police stations that have been ranked among the top 10. “This indicates that while availability of resources is important, what matters more is the dedication and sincerity of our police personnel to prevent and control crime and serve the nation.”
This year’s survey, a home ministry spokesperson said, was challenging as it was difficult to access police stations located in remote areas due to various restrictions on movement imposed in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. Consequently, the survey was conducted in accordance with the guidelines of the government.
The rating of police stations was done on the basis of data analysis, direct observation and public feedback. The parameters for short-listing the police stations in the initial stage of the survey included property offences; crimes against women; crimes against weaker sections; and missing persons, unidentified found persons and unidentified bodies. The last parameter was introduced this year.
As a result, 75 police stations — three top police stations from states with over 750 police stations; two from other states and Delhi and one from each UT — were short-listed and then the top 10 among them picked, based on 19 parameters. While this process was given 80% weightage, 20% weightage was given to infrastructure of the police station, approachability of police personnel and feedback of citizens. As many as 4,056 respondents gave citizens’ feedback, with 60 people at each short-listed location.
Naming the top 10 police stations of the country has been an annual ritual since 2017, in line with directions given by PM Narendra Modi at the DGP/ IGP conference in 2015. The PM had directed that parameters be laid down for grading police stations and assessing their performance based on feedback.