PM Modi emphasizes the concept of “One Nation, One Police Uniform” and warns against “borderless” crimes.

Narendra Modi on Friday proposed the concept of ‘One Nation, One Police Uniform’ to states and union territories following the Center’s ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ and ‘One Nation, One Grid’ initiatives.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday proposed the concept of ‘One Nation, One Police Uniform’ to states and union territories following the Center’s ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ and ‘One Nation, One Grid’ initiatives. He urged them to give it some thought, not as an “imposition” but rather one wrapped with a good intention to provide the force with a common identity.

The Prime Minister said that having uniforms for police officers across India will not only ensure quality products due to the scale at which they will be produced but will also give law enforcement a common identity because citizens will recognise police personnel anywhere in the country. The Prime Minister put forward this notion during an address on the second day of the “Chintan Shivir of home ministers” at Surajkund in Haryana.

“We can consider having ‘one nation, one police uniform’ along the lines of ‘one nation, one ration card’, ‘one nation, one mobility card’, and ‘one nation, one grid. Yes, distinct numbers and emblems may exist for the states, but can the states and police agencies discuss this? “, said Modi.

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In collaboration with the National Institute of Design (NID), the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD), which is part of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), created a new “smart uniform” for the Indian police in 2017 and distributed a report to all the states and UTs.

In addition to developing fresh rainwear and headgear for law enforcement, the BPRD produced nine prototypes of the new uniform with features including the shirt, pants, belt, beret (cap), insignia, shoes, and jacket altered.

Since the state is accountable for maintaining law and order, local governments make decisions about uniforms and other policing-related matters. It is unclear if any state has adopted the smart uniform prototypes created by BPRD for its police force.

“We must train people to evaluate and confirm every piece of information before passing it on. To stop the dissemination of misleading info, technological innovation is required, he added.

“Be it the one with guns or the one with pens, Naxals have to be uprooted to prevent them from misleading the youth of the country,” Modi emphasized the necessity to eradicate all forms of Naxalism.

To bring a national perspective to the formulation of policy on issues relating to internal security, the MHA is holding a two-day conference of home ministers, home secretaries, and director generals of police (DGPs) of states and UTs, Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), and Central Police Organizations (CPOs).