Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Flouting civil laws - Sandip K. Dasverma

Re: Prashanta Varma's Blog
Civil Laws and public safety are made for each other and people ignore it at their peril. Level of education and understanding of the Law in the society being non-uniform the need to enforce the Law develops. Because non adherence of the Law results in injury to the others in the the society. For example if a kid does not wear the hamlet and gets injured seriously, the resources of the state and this family are spent to cure him.
Thus the need of Law enforcement. However in India this results in a double whammy. The Law enforcer is paid to enforce the law but he gets paid again for letting the law violator go scot free. He gets paid for doing nothing. Yes, he has to keep his boss happy by sharing the booty or some other way but he gives a damn to public safety which is his primary work area.
They say pictures are worth a thousand words, in this case probably a million. The newly appointed Police commissioner should first ensure that all shops have helmets available and then announce over TV that the laws will be enforced. If in future such pictures can be taken the concerned police officer should be fined 5 days salary for dereliction of duty - or similar. Parents of those who have had accident or who were injured should be part of this oversight committee, in my opinion.
Thanks to Prashant Verma babu for bring such a partinent topic to the table and highlighting it.
The new commissioner of Police of Cuttack and BBSR, should not take more than 30 days to solve it by going on education mode for 30 days and then enforcing law. A repeat in six months, for two to 3 years of he same process will make it permanent.