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Daily News Analysis


9th January, 2024 Polity


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Context: The Prime Minister recently attended the 58th All India Conference of Director Generals/Inspector Generals of Police, held on January 6 and 7, 2024, at the Rajasthan International Centre in Jaipur. During the conference, the Prime Minister emphasized several key points related to the transformation of the Indian police force and the recent changes in criminal laws.


  • The conference was attended by key dignitaries, including the Union Home Minister, National Security Advisor, Ministers of State for Home, Union Home Secretary, DGsP/IGsP of States/UTs, and Heads of Central Police Organizations/Central Armed Police Forces.

Key Highlights of the Prime Minister’s Speech

Vision for a Developed India by 2047

  • The Prime Minister highlighted the importance of transforming the Indian police into a modern and world-class force to achieve the vision of a developed India by 2047.

Paradigm Shift in the Criminal Justice System

  • The enactment of new major criminal laws was described as a paradigm shift in the criminal justice system. The Prime Minister emphasized the spirit behind these laws, focusing on 'Citizen First, Dignity First, and Justice First.'

Shift from 'Danda' to 'Data'

  • The PM urged the police force to shift from a traditional approach of using 'danda' (force) to a more modern approach involving 'data.' He emphasized the importance of imaginative thinking to convey the emotional spirit behind the newly enacted laws.

Focus on Women's Safety

  • Special attention was given to women's safety, with the Prime Minister urging the police to ensure that women can work fearlessly 'kabhi bhi aur kahin bhi' (anywhere anytime). Sensitizing women and girls about their rights and protection under the new criminal laws was emphasized.

Positive Image Building

  • There was an emphasis on reinforcing the positive image of the police among citizens. The use of social media at the police station level for disseminating positive information and messages, including advance information on natural calamities, was suggested.

Citizen-Police Connect

  • The Prime Minister suggested various measures to strengthen the connection between citizens and the police. This included organizing sports events and urging government officials to stay in border villages to establish better connections with the local populace.

Recognition of National Achievements

  • The Prime Minister highlighted the success of India's first solar mission, Aditya-L1, and commended the swift rescue operation by the Indian Navy in the Arabian Sea. He expressed pride in India's emerging role as a major global power.

Transformation into a World-Class Police Force

  • In alignment with India's increasing global profile and national strength, the Prime Minister urged the Indian police to transform itself into a modern and world-class force.


  • The conference covered critical components of national security, including discussions on newly enacted major criminal laws, counter-terrorism strategies, left-wing extremism, emerging cyber threats, and worldwide counter-radicalization initiatives. The event was held in a hybrid mode with over 500 police officers of various ranks participating from different locations across the country.

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