New Delhi, January 2: Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressed concern about the lack of CCTV cameras and the increasing crime statistics in the Capital. He was addressing 25,000 newly appointed police personnel at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium. The Union Minister also compared the condition to Shanghai that has 80,000 CCTVs while Delhi has only 4000.
"I had gone to Shanghai and the city has around 80,000 CCTV cameras installed in the city. The police reach any place within minutes. I also want the Capital to be this way and will make sure all efforts are made to achieve this," said Singh.
He added that he will sit down with serving officers as well as retired officers to chalk out a plan to make Delhi safer.
Delhi Police has installed a total of 4,064 CCTV cameras in the city. Of them, nearly 2,000 are defunct. Some cameras have become nonfunctional due to digging of roads. Rajnath Singh was speaking at a police event where ranks were awarded to 24 personnel out of the 26,000 promoted this year.
The Delhi Police promoted around 25,827 of its men in 2016, creating a record in the country by being the only force to carry out promotions at such a large scale.
"It's the first time in the country that so many police personnel have been promoted. I have also written to the Finance Ministry proposing to create 15,000 more vacancies in Delhi Police. I hope that by the coming year the force will have around a lakh policemen," Singh added.
Emphasising on crime in the city and making Delhi a safe place the Home Minister requested the men of the force to register FIR on issues. "I have no problem if the cases are being registered. The voice and problem of the common man should be heard and it doesn't hamper my image in any way. A criminal should be punished at any cost. The force should not work under any political pressure," Singh further said.