Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) in Chandigarh have always played a positive role in becoming a bridge between the public and the administration. Residents generally hesitate to contact the police, as a confidence-building measure, CRAWFED (Chandigarh Residents’ Associations Welfare Federation) invited Chandigarh SSP Kanwardeep Kaur to its executive committee meeting. She has agreed to look into the issues of the residents, and at the same time has also requested the common people to cooperate with the police.
CRAWFED Chairman Hitesh Puri, General Secretary Anish Garg, General Secretary Rajat Malhotra, Senior Vice Chairman Umesh Ghai submitted a memorandum to the SSP.
Residents Problems Raised
The foremost problem raised by CRAWFED was the security of senior citizens. “Our city is home to many retired government employees. With their children working in other cities or abroad, old people are left alone. We said that the police should visit them atleast once a month to know about their well-being,” says Hiten Puri, CRAWFED Chairman, while talking to CityWoofer.
The second issue raised was of aunathorized street vendor making rounds of the residential areas within the sectors during the day and indulging in robberies, theft, pilferage during the night.
Thirdly, the chowkidars patrolling the streets at night must have direct contact with the police station in their area. “They must be trained by the police so that incase of any eventuality, they can directly contact the police rather than the RWA president who will be of little help at night,” says Puri.
‘Police for Public Only’
Responding to their probems, SSP Kanwardeep Kaur said that the police is for the public only, and through such frequent police public meetings, they are getting to know the problems by meeting the common people and most of the problems will be solved immediately and some problems will take some time.
The SSP said that from next month the problems of the common people will be solved under the Chandigarh Police SAMAVESH program. The SSP said that the PCR is continuously monitored at the Police HQ and if anyone has any complaints, they can get them noted and usually the PCR reaches the spot in 3 to 4 minutes.
“Women run their families with such ease, they work more, the new SSP has taken the feedback from us about the residents’ problems, she is energetic and committed, I am quite sure she will deliver in a better way,” says Puri.