BHOPAL: Acting on its poll promise, the Narendra Modi government in its three years of power has scrapped 1,200 redundant laws and identified over 1,800 more laws for repeal.
Taking a leaf out of the Centre’s initiative, Madhya Pradesh Police is working on similar lines. It has embarked on an exercise of identifying and scrapping redundant gazette orders of police (GOPs) dating back to as early as the 30s.
A team headed by Inspector General of Police (IG-Provisioning and SCRB) Mohammad Shahid Absar is examining over 200 GOPs which might have lost their significance over the period of time. The exercise was started at the behest of state DGP Rishi Kumar Shukla.
“We’re examining 200-plus GOPs pertaining to all divisions of police, including the district police force, the special armed force (SAF) and the radio wing of the police force,” Absar said.
A dedicated team of officers is delving deep into the relevance of all GOPs from as far back as 1930s and 1950s to the early 2000s.
“We’re studying their relevance from all angles, including whether or not similar laws exist at Central or state level. If there are similar laws, we might recommend for scrapping of the corresponding GOP or merging it with government laws,” said Absar.
The revisit pertains to varied areas, spanning from routine systems and procedures up to police outpost level to recruitment in different segments of police. The long process of re-examining the redundant GOPs which started in March is likely to be completed by end of this year.