VIJAYAWADA: Expressing happiness over the large turnout for Krishna Pushkarams on the third day, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu directed the official machinery to ensure that the needs of the visiting pilgrims are taken care of and they are left with a memorable experience.
Speaking to medipersons, here Sunday after reviewing the situation with higher officials, he said people have responded to his call and have come in large number to worship River Krishna.
“Water sustains life and we have to respect it by conserving the water in every form. On our part we are interlinking rivers in the state to make the state drought free by next decade, but people on their part should contributed by saving rain water, which will increase groundwater, benefiting all,” he said and added that his ultimate goal is to make Andhra Pradesh a happy state.
Naidu said river fete is not just a religious event, but an occasion to thank the river, which had sustained people and their way of life. “People in the region have prospered because of the river on which Arthur Cotton had constructed the barrage. It is time, we all cutting across the religions and regions, should thank the river Krishna,” he said.
Chief Minister, who considers technology as his best friend, once again explained how the technology is being put to best use during Krishna Pushkaralu. He explained about FINS (Fingerprint Identification Numbering System) and how it was employed by crime sub inspector Bala Showry a thief.
According to him, With such a massive rush, it is common for the thieves to make their presence felt and to prevent thefts of any kind police department have deployed his men in large number.
However, police from Vijayawada are only familiar with known offenders in the city. Bala Showry too was one such person. While discharging his duty on the ghat road, he came across a person, he suspected to be a criminal. But to ascertain his instincts were true, he simply used a fingerprint scanner attached to his smartphone and within matter of seconds his suspicion was confirmed and the man was identified as P Srinu a known offender in Tenali.
“When the fingerprint was taken, it was cross verified with finger prints of six lakh known criminals remotely and confirmation was given in matter of seconds. The new technology came very handy and it shows the preparedness of the police department,” he said.
Twenty such mobile fingerprint scanners were given to twenty officials including Bala Showri and were given a quick training and within hours of getting training, police had effective put the technology to use.