For the fourth year in a row, Chandigarh Senior Citizens’ Association (CSCA) invited the local Police Force and families to Tagore Theatre on Tuesday, 2nd September 2014, to felicitate them, and to honour some of them, for selfless and courteous service. This is an unique function wherein an important segment of society organize a thanksgiving function for the whole force AND the families. The programme drew massive response over 1100 persons into the under-1000 capacity hall.
Chandigarh Police and CSCA have been collaborating with each other for the last eighteen years. In fact, Chandigarh has become a model for other states and UTs which want the same facilities as provided by the Police in Chandigarh – Beat Officers visiting older persons, specially those living alone; a dedicated Helpline; special car stickers; caring attitude and prompt response; participation in the Cycle Rally for Environment AND, above all, the Annual Walk-for-Fun.
A special feature introduced four years ago is Inter-Beat competition to encourage interaction with maximum number of senior citizens living in a beat area, especially those living alone. A runningTrophy for â€˜Best Beat of the Year’, donated by Maj Gen (Retd) K S Bajwa, was awarded to Beat No 13 of Police Station Sector-11 (looking after senior citizens of Sector-15) while Beat No 11 under the same Police Station (looking after senior citizens of Sector-11) was declared as Runners-up. The following personnel from the two beats received individual awards – a certificate and a gift;
Best Beat: Head Constable Ramesh Kumar 2961 and Constable Jagir Singh 1051.
Second Best Beat: Head Constable Jatinder Rana 3127, Constable Pardeep 2117 and Lady Constable Manjit Kumari 3413.
On this occasion, a coffee table book “Chandigarh Police” was released by H.E. Shivraj V.Patil, Governor of Punjab and Administrator Chandigarh (UT). He was fulsome in his praise for the Association and its work not only for older persons but for all segments of society. He urged younger generations to devise schemes and create an atmosphere where citizens do not feel neglected or ignored.
The 90 minutes long cultural programme featured two short skits “Roko, Logo, Roko” (on drunken driving, by Chandigarh Traffic Police) and “Unchaahi” (on Women Empowerment by Rangmanch Dramatic Club of Infosys Ltd); songs & a dance by Senior Citizens; a comedy show by Sh Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi, famous Film, Stage and TV artist who kept the house in stitches with his stage antics and gags. This was followed by the ever popular folk dances “Giddha”” and “Bhangra”” by Policemen and policewomen which had the audience tapping, applauding and demanding encores. Solo dance by 76 years old Smt Usha Sharma had people the age of her grand and great-grand-children gaping in wide-eyed awe as she gyrated fluently and gracefully to a popular old tune.
IGP R P Upadhayay,IPS, lauded the gesture of CSCA in making the Police Felicitation function an annual event. He said small gestures of this type go a long way in motivating an over-worked, under-manned force which is constantly under stress. So far as welfare of senior citizens is concerned, he said that that continues to be the prime concern of Chandigarh Police.
Besides Police Force and its families, senior citizens of the Tricity came in large numbers to attend the function.