The then Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Presenting Maharashtra Police Flag on 2nd January 1961
The Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, accompanied by the Governor, Shri Sri Prakasa and the Chief Minster of Maharashtra, Mr. Y.B.Chavan arrived at the Shivaji Park at 08.00 hrs. The Prime Minister was received by Mr. K. J. Nanavatty IP, Inspector General of Police and Mr. V. G.Kanetkar IP, Additional Inspector General and Commissioner of Police, Bombay and was conducted to the saluting base. The parade gave General Salute to the Prime Minister.
The massed band from the flank then marched in slow time to the other flank where the encased flag was stationed and counter marched to the centre of the parade ground with the flag and its escort. Leaving them in the centre, the Band came to its original position. Eight drummers consisting of six side drummers, one base drummer and one tenor drummer were separate from the band and were filed in the centre. The encased flag was brought near the drummers by its escort. The Commissioner of Police uncased the flag and laid it on the drums. The Prime Minister proceeded towards the flag and the Inspector General of Police handed over the flag to the Prime Minister. The officer R.Balakrishnan IPS, Assistant Superintendent of Police, receiving the flag took a step forward and knelt on one knee. The Prime Minister then put the flag in the socket of the flag belt of the officer.
DIARY 2 JANUARY 1961
Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru addressing the parade at Shivaji Park, Bombay, said “Policemen of Maharashtra!
I am glad to be present on this occasion of the presentation to the Maharashtra Police, of a new Police Flag which is a symbol for the State Police.”
“You all know that police work is very arduous, full of responsibility and has a close relation with the public. There are occasions, of course, when the public are dissatisfied or annoyed with the police work. For the efficient discharge of the work, several things become necessary. First of all, we should possess, discipline. All of us, particularly those working in the Police and Army should be guided by some high principles. The special feature of the police work is that it has a relation with the public. Police work can be discharged well only when public co-operation is available or when there are good relations between the police and the public. Police work consists of ensuring public safety and security, catching criminals and prosecuting them. These things are possible only when the public are inclined to support the police out of love and friendship. If the police have no public support, their work cannot be done successfully.”
“Police work no doubt is such that the public feel puzzled sometimes and the police occasionally get a bad name. SeveralKinds of complaints are made against them yet wherever the police officers and men do good work, the public respect them and give them their co-operation. There are often complaints that policemen take bribes and that they do not perform their duties honestly. This is utterly undesirable, as you all know,and is against the prestige of the police. A responsible man should be particular in keeping himself above such complaints. A policeman has great responsibilities and powers and to misuse power is bad for himself and his department. It gives a bad name to the profession.Therefore, every policeman should remember that he has to keep the prestige and respect of his force; if this is done, the public will have respect and love for him.”
“The new flag, for the presentation of which you have all collectedhere, has been presented to you and has become anemblem for the State Police. You should honour it; in otherwords, you should discharge your duties firmly and efficiently and earn a good name for your force and for the country”.
After the address was over, the parade gave three cheers to the Prime Minister. Forming up “in mass” the parade marched past in quick time. After the conclusion of the ceremony, the Prime Minister, the Governor, the Chief Minister, the Inspector-General of Police and the Principal, J.J. School of Art, who designed the flag, appended their signatures below the original design of the Police Flag.