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Orders come cropper on capital streets
Help to elderly goes off the road

Director-general of police Abhayanand’s directive to his personnel to help out the elderly and children on busy roads of the capital has taken a beating in barely a couple of months after the order.

Abhayanand had issued the order — stop vehicles and help elderly people or children to cross roads — in September. The direction was aimed at portraying the friendly face of the police.

Constables deputed on the streets and roundabouts would halt vehicular traffic on spotting children or senior citizens standing by the side of the road, waiting to cross. Traffic would resume once the persons concerned were taken by the hand across the road by the personnel on duty.

Now, residents claim the “helping hand” has been taken away while the city traffic chief said the service was on but not monitored.

He added that the initiative would be restarted in a couple of days.

“The service is on and the constables are working as directed. The last few days have, however, been busy and the service is not being monitored. We will again start monitoring the service in the next couple of days. A record will be maintained on how many people the constables help and sent to the senior officers,” superintendent of police (traffic) Chandrika Prasad told The Telegraph.

Not only were the constables directed on how to go about the job to help the elderly and children, the traffic deputy superintendents of police were also asked to ensure the service was progressing smoothly, said Prasad.

Residents, who were supposed to be helped, claimed the police were not serious towards providing the service initiated by the police chief.

“Some months back, I had seen traffic constables helping people cross busy roads but these days, nothing of the sort happens. Everyday I see elderly persons trying to cross the road and although there are policemen nearby, nobody comes up to help. This is what happens with almost all the schemes started by the police — they are forgotten after some time. If some new initiative is taken, the cops should ensure they work on it,” said Anil Kumar, a retired government employee.


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