New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has come up with a blueprint mentioning new standards for a modern police station.
The 34-page concept report mentioned that a modern police station will have a reception to receive visitors, gym for police personnel, lock-ups with CCTV and malkhana or records rooms with modern storage system and deep freezers for forensic samples.
The latest report has all stamps of Prime Minister Narendra Modi which he had drafted in December last year at the 49th All India DGPs and IGPs conference in Guwahati.
The MHA papers said that many police station buildings are not citizen friendly and have far from optimum functional requirements.
“Efforts have been made to make these police stations gender sensitive, modern, smart and techno-savvy. As police station buildings are public places, where people go for various reasons, expecting the police to help them, they find the police station buildings' ambience wise pathetic, space wise inadequate and cleanliness wise ex tremely poor. They (should) function as public places like a modern mini hospital (so) people feel at ease and comfortable in terms of space, cleanliness, functionality and privacy,” the Economics Times said quoting the 34-page concept paper.
The paper also spells out species of smart police stations in four categories -in Tier 1 cities like Delhi, Tier 2 cities like Lucknow, semi-urban areas like Gurgaon and in rural areas.
It said that police stations must have facilities like toilets for visitors, issuance of visitor cards and directions to the visitors to meet the officers concerned.