In defence of Delhi Police
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The government of Delhi has passed the delivery of public services act, under which 23 services are covered. The licensing branch has never defaulted on the delivery of any of the services, such as "renewal of licences", the "permission of public amusement", and "permission for opening a new restaurant". However, various other departments have failed to follow mandatory timeframes.
The power of licensing with the Delhi Police and other commissionerates in the country provides uniformity and helps in coordination with various metropolitan agencies. Licensing functions enable the police force to regulate various establishments with a view to enhancing the internal security of the city. It is on account of these powers that the police has been able to ensure that cinemas, guest houses, etc have CCTV. The availability of CCTV footage in one such location proved to be crucial in cracking the case whose aftermath has prompted Anand to write his article.
The writer is public relations officer, Delhi Police, Office of the Commissioner of Police
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