LUCKNOW: Three more districts of Uttar Pradesh – Ghaziabad, Agra and Prayagraj – will come under police commissionerate system very soon.
The state cabinet cleared a proposal to this effect on Friday. The decision, said officials, was taken keeping in view the success of the system that was first introduced in Lucknow, Gautam Budh Nagar in January 2020 and then Kanpur and Varanasi in March 2021.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in a tweet, confirmed that Ghaziabad, Agra and Prayagraj would soon have a police commissionerate system. He further added that better law and order, smart policing and police reforms were top priorities of the government and this decision would prove helpful in fulfilling these priorities.
Cops of IG rank to be commissioners
Senior police officers of the inspector general-rank (IG) would soon be posted as commissioners in all these three districts, said a state government spokesperson. “DIG-rank officers will be posted as additional commissioners,” he added.
Urban development minister AK Sharma, who briefed reporters, said that Agra, Ghaziabad, and Prayagraj would first be declared metropolitan cities as per the rules of CrPC. Then, like other districts, the commissionerate system will be implemented in the entire district area.
“Agra was found suitable due to increase in population, influx of tourists and presence of industries in the district. According to the 2011 census, its population was 44 lakh,” Sharma said.
“Similarly, keeping in view the changed industrial conditions of the NCR region, Ghaziabad will also be converted into a commissionerate. According to the 2011 census, the population here is 46 lakh,” he added. “Prayagraj is a religious and cultural city. Mahakumbh is being organized here in 2025. Considering this, it was decided to implement the system of police commissionerate here,” the minister said.





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