Jammu: 24th Police Public Mela was held at Police Sports Stadium Gulshan Ground here this morning. Director General of Police (DGP), Ashok Prasad inaugurated the day long Mela.
Amid great enthusiasm, after lighting the traditional lamp, the Chief Guest described the event as a bridge between police and public, saying that such events provide an opportunity to the people and the police to assemble, interact with each other. He appreciated the efforts of Jammu and Kashmir Police Parivar for organizing such Melas in a befitting manner since years, which has strengthened the police public relations at grass root level.
Prasad disclosed that the event also provides an opportunity to memorise the sacrifices of jawans and officers of Jammu and Kashmir Police, they offered while ensuring the security and safety of the people. He said that during the years of turmoil JKP families suffered a lot, as a number of our jawans and officers laid down their lives for the integrity of the State. He stressed that the sacrifices offered can not be forgotten and it is prime duty of the Police Parivar to take care of their families. He said that it was due to the sacrifices of our martyrs that peace has prevailed and the people of the State feel themselves in a secure atmosphere.
During the Mela, for the first time, 60 stalls were established by different police units and products of different regions of the State were put for sale to the public. People from all shades of life showed their keen interest in purchase of these items and the children enjoyed the amusement items during the day long Mela. Painting competition for the children was also conducted in the Mela and prizes were distributed among the winners of the competition. Cultural groups presented different items which were enjoyed by the people. Tambola was also the main attraction for the people in the Mela.
After inaugurating the Mela, talking to media persons on the sidelines of the Mela, the DGP disclosed that the receipts realized from the Raffle Draw tickets are utilized for the fabulous prizes which include cars and other electronic items of different makes. He said that the remaining receipts are also utilized for the welfare of families of police martyrs. “our aim is to promote academic excellence, augment facilities for education to cater the needs of wards of police martyrs and to add the infrastructure for a wholesome and self-contained education atmosphere with all modern facilities”. said the DGP. He disclosed that the Organization is providing facilities to the children of police personnel and martyrs for coaching in professional examinations in order to provide competitive edge among them. In order to provide holistic support to the police families and to provide necessary assistance to the martyr’s wards for their adoption in different schools within and outside the State is also on our agenda, said the DGP.
Earlier, the Chairperson, J and K Police Parivar, Mrs. Kiran Prasad, briefed about the objectives for organizing such Melas. She said that Police Parivar has undertaken various fund raising activities to fulfil and nurture the requirements for the welfare of police families with special emphasises on widows and orphans. She disclosed that the Parivar has been providing vocational trainings to families of policemen in order to provide support to manufacture and market the products through Police Family Welfare Centres till district level. She appreciated the working of welfare centres saying that their products have received a good buyer response during the Melas. The efforts have helped to augment the income of these families, she added.
Among others, the inaugural function was attended by MLC, Mr. Jehangir Hussain Mir, ADsGP, Mr. K Rajendra Kumar, Mr. PL Gupta, Mr. SP Vaid, Smt. DR Doley, Mr. Navin Aggerwal, Mr. VK Singh, Mr. SM Sahai, former DGP, Mr. MM Khajuria, lady members of Police Parivar and other senior police and civil officers.