By Anil Dogra-
JALANDHAR: Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini today inaugurated the new building of Jalandhar Sadar Police Station at Jamsher, launched the facility of online payment of traffic challans/online appointment for foreign nationals regarding registration work and also introduced a revitalized beat system in two police stations of Jalandhar Police Commissionerate.
The DGP inaugurated the newly constructed building of Sadar police station in Jamsher by unveiling plaque and cutting ribbon in the presence of Jalandhar police commissioner Gaurav Yadav and SAD MLA Pargat Singh besides other senior police officers. The building is built at a cost of Rs. 93.94 lakh for which the land was leased by the department of Rural Development and Panchayats, Punjab with the consent of the village panchayat of Jamsher.
Saini also flagged off the revitalized beat system being implemented in police stations Divisions no. 6 & 7. A total of 24 constables, mostly from the recent recruitment have been selected for performance of duty as beat officers in 12 beats, 6 in each police station.
The beat officers have been provided with a multi-purpose/tactical belt, tactical mirror for inspection of vehicles, tactical baton, and American hand-cuffs with automatic lock, LED torch, SWAT shoes and hand-held walkie-talkie set with earphones. These officers would patrol the beats, interact with the citizens and provide a sense of confidence to the general public. They would be entrusted with verifications and minor inquiries relating to their beat area.
Similarly, the online system of fixing appointments for foreign nationals to visit Foreigners Registration Office (FRO) located in the Commissionerate office will reduce the number of visits for foreign nationals and facilitate easier processing of paper work. This has been devised on the pattern of appointments being given by passport offices to save time of citizens.
Since the personal presence of the foreign national is essential for registration work, the aim is to give a fixed time and date to the foreign national for processing of paper work. This facility will be available on the web portal of the Jalandhar Police Commissionerate (http://www.jalandharpolice.gov.in/). This web portal was launched by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Feb.12, 2011.
The DGP also launched the online traffic challan payment system on the traffic web-portal of Jalandhar police (http://www.jalandhartrafficpolice.com/) and the online system of appointments for foreign nationals at the FRO office on the pattern of online appointments in the passport office.
The web portal of Jalandhar traffic police, launched by Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab on December 2, 2010, is a dynamic and interactive web portal which has had 1.78 lakh hits so far. There is an independent server for maintaining the web portal with storage of data of 3.13 lakh traffic violators. The online traffic challan payment system would obviate the need for the citizen to visit the traffic office/saanjh kendra/DTO office for compounding of traffic offences or the courts for payment of fines. The online payment window would operate in two ways- firstly, acceptance of payments by credit/debit cards, and, secondly, direct online payments through electronic transfers.
The person visiting the traffic website will fill in his credit/debit card details, the amount to be paid and click at the relevant slot for his payment to be charged. A service charge of 6% would be taken by service providers, in addition to the compounding fee. This facility of online traffic challan payment will be available only for the compoundable challans and is not available for the non-compoundable challans and sticker challans. The online traffic challan payment system is a citizen friendly endeavour aiming at reducing the direct interaction of the citizens with the police using web-based services and offers a host of services and information.
All registered FIRs are scanned and made available on the website within 24 hours. This web portal has been quite popular and has had 9.32 lakh hits since February 12, 2011.