Monday, April 04, 2016

“Friends, I have relinquished charge…”: How Goa’s new DGP Muktesh Chander says bye to Delhiites

“Friends, I have relinquished charge of Special Commissioner of Police Traffic Delhi after a satisfying 2 years tenure. Moving on 2 Goa as DGP”.
In this age of social media where police officers among other bureaucrats use Twitter and Facebook for a better public interface, it’s not surprising that 1988 batch UT cadre Indian Police Service officer Muktesh Chander announced his new appointment in a Twitter post. The moment he posted this message, many of his…
followers, some being IPS officers themselves, poured in congratulatory messages. “Remind me of “welcome to Goa singham” Best wishes”— a message posted by one of his followers seems to be the most interesting among all. “…best of luck sir... learnt a lot from you... hope u rock there…”, said another, understandably his junior in Delhi. One more message says: “Will miss u in Delhi. You really did a lot to improve traffic in Delhi. All d best for your tenure in Goa.”
A bachelor of engineering and also a PhD from IIT-Delhi, Chander is also an LLB. He was heading Delhi Traffic Police before being appointed as Goa Police chief. 
Chander’s understanding of traffic should help him improving traffic conditions in Goa. But Goa has one more problem: lack of fool-proof terror preparedness. 
In fact, Goa’s outgoing Director General of Police TN Mohan recently said that Goa had to tackle two problems on a priority basis. First, it's terror preparedness and the secondly, the traffic management, according to media reports based on his interaction with the press on his last day as DGP. The problem that Goa faces today is that the state needs to be on its toes all the time against any eventuality, as it has failed to create a system under which specific inputs on terror attacks are received.
Now, it remains to be seen how Chander with an expertise both in traffic management and anti-crime drives, can make Goa a safer and better place for the visitors and the local residents. Chander had earlier worked as DIG in Goa and Additional Commissioner of Police, Crime and Traffic in Delhi and also Inspector General of Police in Daman and Diu.
Also, as an United Nations Police Observer, he monitored and trained police personnel in Bosnia and Herzegovina in Europe for one year.
Playing flute and mouth organ is his hobby. He is a life member of Amateur Radio Society of India and also holds a license of Amateur Radio.

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