In a typical and ugly display of power and pomp, Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) A.K. Jain’s office has directed police officials to buy and put up his photographs in their offices and all police stations.
DGP Jain’s assistant B.P. Jogdand has written to all police officials to ensure that the ‘officially approved’ pictures of the police chief are purchased from a specific studio at Lucknow and then framed and put up on walls of police offices across the state, without mentioning the budgetary allocation for the purchase.
Arvind Kumar Jain, an Indian Police Services (IPS) officer of the 1979 batch, who has just one month left for retirement, has shown one of the worst VIP cultures that the officials of IPS and IAS are afflicted with in the country.
His predecessor Arun Kumar Gupta was the director general of police of Uttar Pradesh for just one month until his retirement on January 30. He was the second to hold the post for just a month after RK Tiwari who held it for similar period during the Mayawati cabinet.
But unlike his predecessors, AK Jain’s office insisted on displaying his photograph in all police stations and offices. The DGP office defended the directive, saying that this was not a new thing being started by the police whereas officials see this as a waste of money as each picture of the DGP is available at a price of Rs.275.
Social activist Nutan Thakur has written to the police chief, seeking withdrawal of the order. “This is a complete waste of money and an order of no consequence,” Thakur told IANS referring to the short tenure of the incumbent police chief who retires on March 31.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said the DGP should focus on crime control and maintaining law and order.
“People are being gunned down in front of a judge in court rooms, heists of several crores are taking place and the police is dragging its feet on several murders in the state capital. In such circumstances, the UP DGP should focus more on his professional duties rather than such issues of self promotion and branding,” the BJP leader said.
Perhaps the DGP shold join a political party to continue his clamour for power, not Aam Aadmi Party that abhors such display of power and wealth.