UP DGP Jain faces criticism for asking all police stations to get his photo

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) Arvind Kumar Jain faced sharp criticism from all corner for his controversial order of directing police officials to buy and put up his photographs in their offices and all police stations.

UP DGP Arvind Kumar Jain
UP DGP Arvind Kumar Jain

Jain, an IPS officer of the 1979 batch, has just over a month left for retirement.

In a letter sent to DGP Jain, social activist Nutan Thakur asked him to withdraw the said order. Thakur said her letter referring to the short tenure of the incumbent police chief who retires on March 31.

“DGP’s assistant B P Jogdand has written to all district and GRP SPs, PAC Commandants and other senior police officers to buy Jain’s 8×10 inch latest colour photo. It is sheer waste of police funds,” says her letter.

critics have also made objection over the circular stating that photographs be bought from a specific studio in Lucknow. About 200 photographs would be needed for police stations across UP.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said the DGP should focus on crime control and maintaining law and order.

“People are being gunned down in front of a judge in court rooms, heists of several crores are taking place and the police is dragging its feet on several murders in the state capital. In such circumstances, the UP DGP should focus more on his professional duties rather than such issues of self promotion and branding,” the BJP leader said.

However, the former state DGPs on Wednesday said it is part of the tradition in the uniformed forced since the British Rule.

Police officials across Uttar Pradesh were directed on February 17, to buy and put up framed photographs of the police chief in their offices by Jain’s office.

Jain office defended the order, saying that this was not a new thing being started by the police. Officials, however, see this as a waste of money as each picture of the DGP is available at a price of Rs 275.