Maharashtra Government: It’s time to Prioritize Law and Order over Defunct Public Sector Units

Maharashtra police is facing an acute shortage of modern weapons, vehicles, and vital equipments etc under the Annual Action Plan of 2011-16.

One of the primary responsibility of a government is to maintain the law and order of the country. It is the core duty of the government to strengthen our police-force so that they can provide a safe environment for citizens of the state.

In order to maintain the law and order situation in the state, it is important that our police force never faces a shortage of manpower, modern weapons, vehicles, and other vital equipments. According to a Comptroller and Auditor General of India Report, the Maharashtra police is facing an acute shortage of modern weapons, vehicles, and vital equipments etc.

The CAG report revealed that between 2011-16, 2,226 vehicles at a  cost of  ₹ 109 crores were to be procured by the state government. However, it could only procure 662 vehicles at the cost of ₹33 crore till September 2016.

Additionally, Maharashtra police is facing a shortage of over 65,000 modern weapons.

Crucial police equipment such as bullet-proof jackets, bomb disposal suits, night vision binoculars, and portable X-ray machines worth ₹ 28 crores were not procured by the state government as of September 2016. It was supposed to have been procured under the Annual Action Plan of 2011-16.

Here we can see how the government neglected the requirements of our police force instead of strengthening them for our protection.

Despite being the capital city and financial capital of India the state of Mumbai police is severely short-staffed. The sanctioned police force in Mumbai is 50,465 but the actual police-force is only 41,955. There is only 1 policeman in Mumbai for 850 citizens. While New York city has one policeman per 240 citizens.

It is such a shame that a city which has always been a target for terrorism and also witnessed terror attacks such as the 26/11 attack and local train blasts is facing a shortage of police officers for its protection.

On the other hand, instead of focusing on performing their core function, the state government is busy running public sector enterprises in various sectors including tourism, textiles, energy, and leather. In 2017, 22 PSUs made cumulative losses of over ₹ 9,000 crores. On the other hand, Maharashtra government wasted over ₹900 crore of the hard-earned money of taxpayers money for keeping their 22 defunct state-run companies alive.

The government should primarily focus on the strengthening of the police force for the protection of citizens. Shouldn’t the protection of citizens be the utmost priority of our government rather than running loss-making and defunct state public sector enterprises (SPSEs).