Cell-ing a mobile idea Byline: Pallavi Chakravorty Keeping pace with advancement in
technology in every field, our men in khaki too will now be better equipped. The
government has decided to provide them with sim cards and for this it has
already ordered remittance of 2821 cards to a private service provider. Even as
most police personnel up to the cadre of sub-inspector already are in possession
of mobiles, Lucknow Times tried to find out what kind of sets they would like to
Shashi Ghidiyal, circle officer, Alambagh, could not hide her willingness to own
a trendier set, as the one she possesses now is relatively a simple one.
"Earlier I intended to buy a camera phone for myself but one of my seniors
suggested not to waste money on such stuff. In fact I think a camera phone can
be handy and help us in clicking criminals for identification later," she
opines. Although she refuses to reveal the special ringtone she has chosen for
her boss, she does agree some of her colleagues had selected some funny ones for
Says CO Gomti Nagar, Man Singh Chauhan, "Although I have a set, I am planning to
go in for one with camera and video recorder, that can be of great help in
detecting vital clues. With mobile phones getting cheaper, more policemen will
sure opt for trendy sets." He further adds laughing, "I personally do not
approve of loud and trendy ringtones, but I have a loud one for my boss."
What SP (East), RKS Rathore has to say, is no exception to the views aired by
others."Recently I saw a set which had bluetooth technology and is amazingly
handy. If used properly it can surely be of help to us," he says. He also
expresses his fascination for the polyphonic ringtones and caller tunes,
although he agrees that most of his colleagues go for sets with easy functions.
"The reducing rates of camera phones might prompt more people like us to go in
for advanced mobile sets to ease our work," he says.
Even as policewallahs seem inclined towards the latest gizmos, most agree to the
fact that the monthly amount of Rs 500 sanctioned for the purpose is
insufficient. Whether or not the initiative by the government succeeds in
bringing down the crime graph is still to be seen, though the move has surely
given policemen the chance to think on the kind of sets they would like to