Hyderabad: They say ‘gyan’ is the key that opens all doors. And opening their doors to books so that police personnel and children from financially backward backgrounds can read and learn, the Rachakonda Police is setting a new trend.
In a novel initiative, the Rachakonda Police on Thursday joined hands with social entrepreneur Pradeep Lokhande’s NGO Rural Relations and opened a Gyan-Key Library at the Uppal Police Station and the Zilla Parishad High School in Uppal.
The initiative, in the next few months, will see all 44 Law and Order police stations in Rachakonda and 25 government schools shortlisted for the Student Police Cadet programme in Medchal-Malkajgiri and Yadadri-Bhongir districts having these Gyan-Key libraries with books related to law, personality development, values, leadership etc., in English and Telugu.
As part of the initiative, the Rachakonda Police provided 50 books on Criminal Procedure Code, Indian Penal Code, special laws etc., for the police personnel, while the NGO arranged for 182 books for the use of visitors to police stations. Officials said such library facility for police personnel and visitors is perhaps for the first time in police stations of Telangana.
Speaking after the inauguration, Bethi Subhash Reddy, Uppal MLA, appreciated the Rachakonda Police for the initiative. “Due to stressful working conditions, police personnel do not find time to read. These books, ranging from general knowledge, health to personality development to biographies of leaders, are useful to not only visitors but also police officials,” said Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh M Bhagwat, thanking Lokhande for his noble work.
Bhagwat, on his part, provided 50 law books for the benefit of the police personnel in the police stations. He concluded saying, “Padhega India tho Badhega India.”
Senior police officials, including Malkajgiri DCP Rakshitha K Murthy and DCP (Traffic) Divyacharan Rao, local leaders and schoolchildren were present.