“Citizens have to play an important and active role to make sure you get the best from the government. This 12-week programme is the right step in bringing together the police force and the public. It will help citizens to understand their rights,” said Julio Ribeiro, former commissioner of police, Mumbai, and India’s first ‘super cop’. Mr Ribeiro launched the 12-week programme, “The Police & You” in Mumbai on Wednesday, 20th July, the first of which was attended by more than 150 people.
Moneylife Foundation with Police Reforms Watch & Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, and with support from Saraswat Bank, has launched the 12-week programme that aims to spread knowledge about protecting yourself, your rights, the Indian Penal Code (IPC), cybercrime and economic offences.
Mr Ribeiro said, “Today we can use RTI and other instruments to get justice. But, remember, you need to raise your voice whenever there is injustice. Some NGOs are doing good work in that area. In fact, I doubt if there would be justice without such NGOs.”
The event was held in the well-appointed auditorium of Saraswat Bank headquarters, Eknath Thakur Bhavan. Speaking on the occasion, Gautam Thakur, vice chairman of Saraswat Bank said, “I have a big soft corner for anyone in uniform, be it the police or the military. My father Eknath Thakur always used to say that India is the only country which does not respect bravery. During his lifetime, he made sure brave-hearts are honoured whenever possible. After the Mumbai terror attack, he met families of the martyrs; many kin of these martyrs are employed by Saraswat Bank. With these principles of my father, it was natural for me to offer help to Moneylife Foundation for this wonderful initiative to inform citizens about civil defence and police force.”
Introducing the concept behind the 12-week programme, Sucheta Dalal, founder trustee of Moneylife Foundation, said, “We hope this series will make citizens aware about their right and duties.” The inaugural session on “Role of Citizens Disaster Management Flood & Cyclone” was conducted by SB Bagat, DD Gharat and BS Pagdhare from the directorate of civil defence of Maharashtra government. Shivajirao B Bhagat, a gold medallist in disaster management training with 32 years of experience, conducted the session by providing background information about the role of civil defence in society and the various training programmes that the directorate conducts.