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Source: The post is based on the article “PM Modi moots one nation, one police uniform” published in The Hindu on 29th October 2022
What is the News?
The Prime Minister has mooted the idea of “one nation, one police uniform”. He was addressing the State Home Minister’s conference on internal security issues in Faridabad, Haryana.
What is One Nation one Police Uniform?
One Nation one Police Uniform means having a uniformed attire for police officers across India.
This will not only ensure quality products due to the scale at which they’ll be produced but also give a common identity to law enforcement as citizens will recognise police personnel anywhere in the country.
About Police Uniforms in States
The Indian Constitution puts police forces under the jurisdiction of state governments, and each of the 28 states have their own police force.
Both ‘public order’ and the ‘police’ are placed in List II (State List) of the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution, which deals with the division of powers between the Union and States.
While police personnel in India are often associated with the colour khaki, their uniforms do differ in varying degrees in different regions.
Since state governments and even an individual force can decide the uniform their personnel wear, there are at times inconsistencies in their official attire.
For instance, Kolkata police wear white uniforms, Puducherry Police constables wear bright red caps with their khaki uniforms, Delhi Traffic Police personnel wear white and blue uniforms among others.