Hyderabad: The State government accorded top priority to law and order in the State, and this is evident from the decline in the crime rate across the State, Home Minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy said on Tuesday.
“From 1.01 lakh cases in 2014, the number of cases have come down to 89,624 till September this year. All major crimes like murder, murder for gain, dacoities, burglaries, rioting and hurt have come down,” the Minister said replying to a short discussion on modernization of policing and maintenance of law and order in the State in the Legislative Council.
In the capital too, the total number of cognizable offences came down from 15,478 in 2013 to 10,642 in 2017 (upto September). “The State government, after the formation of the State, decided to ensure that Hyderabad was made a smart and safe city. The decline in crime rate in the State reflects the overall impact of effective and preventive steps taken up by the Telangana Police Department,” he said.
In a bid to improve the quality of investigation and services to citizens at the police station level, the State government provided recurring budgets for all police stations at a rate of Rs 75,000, Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 to stations in city, district and rural areas, respectively. Also, the State government sanctioned Rs 271 crore in its very first year for the purchase of 8,000 vehicles along with necessary technological advancements to improve mobility and visibility.
“For the first time in the history of the police department, budgetary allocations made were under plan sector. In the first year, the State government sanctioned funds for a 20-storied world class centralized police command and control centre,” Narasimha Reddy said.
However, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council M Shabbir Ali found fault with the free-hand given to the police department. “The police is being used to hoist false cases on the opposition and it must be put under check,” he said.