New Delhi. 17 December, 2015. The Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, N. N. Vohra delivered the Dr Anandswarup Gupta Memorial Lecture, 2015 to commemorate the 45th Founders’ Day of Bureau of Police Research
and Development (BPR&D). This year also marks the celebration of Birth Centenary of Dr. Anandswarup Gupta.
Speaking on the Occasion, Vohra informed that Dr. Anandswarup Gupta founded the Bureau of Police
Research and Development in the year 1970 and made consistent efforts in the direction of
modernizing the police. Quoting Dr Anandswarup Gupta’s statement, Vohra said that the
role of police has widened and has become complex after Independence. Dr. Anandswarup was
against political interference in the functioning of policing, he added.
Vohra also recalled the historical developments that took place in the police reforms after
independence. Speaking on the National Police Commission’s recommendations, he said many
States have shown their apprehensions in implementing its recommendations. The States should
not delay in implementing the reforms, he added.
It is also the duty of the States to have a professionally trained police force with adequate strength and the States should cooperate with the Centre in case of a larger need, he added. He also said that peace and order should be maintained for the development of country. He further said that pre-emptive action is important to tackle terrorism.
Addressing the audience, A Radhakrishna Kini DG, Bureau of Police Research & Development, (BPR&D) said the organisation is striving to help State police through sponsoring of training programmes and also facilitate construction of model police stations by funding a few. He also said that police being a State subject, the data shows that just 1.77% is spent on police training and 2.95% of the total budget is spent on police expenditure. He further added that it is time to increase the budgetary expenditure, police training budget, increase the strength of women in the police forces and at the same time, use technology for crime prevention like traffic enforcement, CCTV and other security gadgets for collecting evidence and prosecution.