| 4. In which ways is the initiative creative and innovative?
Suraksha Sety Societies have been formed at State, Commissionerate and District Levels. The societies are autonomous bodies registered under the Gujarat Societies Act. The Society has a Governing Council for general administration and an Executive Committee for day to day activities.
The overall operationalization of Suraksha Setu Samiti is governed by executive committees established at State, Commissionerate and District Level. These committees govern the set of activities to be undertaken and carrying our operational analysis for the overall functions of the societies.
Since the inception of the project in September 2012, these committees have undertaken wide variety of programs across the sectors, across geographies and across citizen groups.
The Governing councils have full autonomy for the selection of programme / scheme related with security and welfare of society.
| 5. Who implemented the initiative and what is the size of the population affected by this initiative?
The Home Department, Government of Gujarat conceptualized the project of Suraksha Setu Society for undertaking various citizen bonding initiatives across the state level. The vision was to symbolize power and authority but as a friend in need having sensitivity to people’s problems and willingness to proactively address the problems faced by citizens:
1. Home department – Government of Gujarat
Home Department, Government of Gujarat was the nodal agency behind the vision and funding of this initiatives through setting up 32 autonomous societies.
2. Executive Officials at State, Commissionerate and District Level:
Executive bodies were established to monitor and control the operations of all the Suraksha Setu Societies to maximize the operational reach of the police department.
3. Suraksha Setu Society – formed at State level, at commissionerate level and at District Level. There are total 32 Suraksha Setu Societies formed in the State for overall coordination and Management of various Citizen Welfare and safety activities in the state.
4. Entire Police departmental staff – Entire police departmental staff is involved as an integral part for executing the vision of Setu Societies in the state. Staff committees organize and take part in various citizen bonding initiatives.
| 6. How was the strategy implemented and what resources were mobilized?
The project involves various layers of functions and across horizons to reach to citizen for bridging the public reach to people. Various steps taken to implement the objectives were:
A. Formation of autonomous bodies at Commissionerate and District Level governed by State Level Suraksha Setu Society: Total 32 Setu Societies were registered for the overall operations of the function. These bodies are empowered to take various initiatives and utilize the funding as per the allocation from state level society.
B. The human resources for overall functioning of the Suraksha Setu Society is the regular police staff and the operations are carried out by staff are over and above their regular duty.
C. Various other initiatives have been started including
a. Suraksha Setu Kendra (Safety centres) – Setup for delivering wide range of services to citizens. These services include Complaint registration, granting permissions, license application, registration of tenants/friend of police, etc.
b. Suraksha Setu Rath (Mobile Van): Suraksha Setu Mobile Van is used to promote information relating to public policing, awareness, crime prevention, and cyber crime related advisory.
c. Public Information kiosks: Setup at public places like railway stations, bus stations, commercial places to provide information about schemes, safety and security instructions, List of hotels, etc.
| 7. Who were the stakeholders involved in the design of the initiative and in its implementation?
1. Suraksha Setu Societies have been formed at all the district level (Superintendent of Police) and at Commissionerate level and there exist total 32 Suraksha setu societies in Gujarat State. This is an innovative effort that assist, support, undertake and supplement array of activities relating to law and order, peace, safety and security in the area of traffic, home safety, disputes, dowry, women safety, elderly people’s security, burglary, coercion, pressure-tactic, domestic violence, theft, hawker problems, noise pollution, cattle grazing, caste issue, terrorism, eve-teasing, ragging, family problems, etc. So this Suraksha Setu Society has 360degree coverage in reduction of crime and criminal cases across the length and breadth of society.
2. The various programs like training for women self defence, against domestic violence, cyber crime control awareness, enrolling 25000 citizens as a ‘friend of police’ initiatives, etc have helped creating mutual trust between citizens and police. The domain of initiatives of Suraksha Setu Society is widely spread providing equal opportunities to every citizen irrespective of their caste, religion and gender.
3. Some of the prominent successful outputs of the Suraksha Setu Society are in the area of women safety and support. Various initiatives taken under Suraksha Setu Society for Security and Safety of women and child are
a. Rehabilitation of Women bootleggers and peddlers.
b. Rehabilitation of prostitutes and their children
c. Helping widows earn a decent livelihood
d. Self defence training for women
e. Curbing incidents of Eve-teasing
f. Sage mode of transport for women in Need
g. Curbing girls trafficking
h. Counselling facility
i. Self Help groups formation for women
4. Suraksha Setu Society has taken various initiatives for security and safety of elderly and senior citizens. These include
a. Setting up kiosk for quick police help
b. Enrolment of contact details with the nearest police station
c. Arranging tours to various religious places
d. Seminars and trainings for safety
e. Dedicated helpline (1096) for senior citizens.
5. Some of the successful activities undertaken by Suraksha Setu Society till date for students class include
a. Counselling (to cope up with exam pressure and failure, help in career choice, etc)
b. Encouraging students to become ‘Friends of Police’ (FoP)
c. Rehabilitation of juvenile delinquents
d. Road and traffic safety training for school children
e. Police to accompany school and college tours
f. Drive to find missing children.
| 8. What were the most successful outputs and why was the initiative effective?
1. An apex Organization created at state level – Suraksha Setu Society at Gandhinagar
The function of this apex body is to guide and monitor functioning of Commissioner and District level societies and prepare schemes for societies at all levels. This committee comprises – Additional Chief Secretary (Home), Director General of Police (DGP), Additional DGP, Secretary (Home), Financial Advisor (Home), Inspector General of Police (State Crime Record Bureau)
2. Executive committee at Commissionerate and District level
The Commissionerate and District level societies work under supervision, regulation and guidance of state level society.
• Commissionerate level executive committee comprises of Commissioner of Police (Chairman), Addl CP, Joint CP, Account Officer, DCP.
• District level executive committee comprises of Superintendent of Police (SP), Dy SP, Account and treasury officer.
A governing council is created at state level, Commissionerate level and District level for facilitation and approval for various activities in suraksha setu society. It is also ensured that the activities undertaken through this project shall not conflict/ duplicate/ overlap with any similar scheme of Government. The programs implemented under these functions will be over and above the regular duties of police officials.
Full autonomy is given for functioning to all these registered societies so as to undertake any program/scheme related with security and welfare of people.
| 9. What were the main obstacles encountered and how were they overcome?
The preliminary obstacles encountered in the process of implementation of the project include
1. Ensuring the initiative undertaken has no conflict or overlap with the existing scheme of Government. Since the domain of work for Suraksha Setu Society is across the sectors and across the population, it is required to ensure that autonomous bodies are taking in priority and non-duplicate activities for citizen benefits.
2. Engaging the citizen participation was a challenge in the beginning: The very objective of the initiative was to bridge the gap between citizen and police and the same was initial challenge at the time of commencing the initiative. But as the time progressed, the Suraskha Setu Society has become a key channel for citizens to reach to police.