Mumbai Police Launches Neighbourhood Watch Campaign

February 7, 2012 8:59 am by

Maid Aid. Politicians contesting the upcoming civic polls are reportedly hiring housemaids to help them rally support on campaign trails, a task for which they are being paid Rs400-Rs500 a day. The housemaids are said to be in demand because they are well-known in their localities and help make up a crowd when the candidates—of which 50 per cent are women this year—go door-to-door. [DNA]

Neighbourhood Watch. The central region of the Mumbai police, which covers Worli to Kurla, has launched the “Eyes and Ears” campaign, under which it has recruited 2,000 citizens in these areas to be volunteers who provide them information about suspicious activity in their neighbourhood. Shopkeepers and residents have been asked to watch out for “new people entering the locality, unidentified vehicles parked in the area” and “any suspicious conversation that they may overhear”. [Hindustan Times]

• Peanut Provision. India’s decision to procure French fighter jet Rafale instead of the British Typhoon has re-ignited a debate in the UK press about Britain’s decision to continue to provide aid to what many see as an increasingly prosperous country. Reports in the media quoted an August 2011 comment made by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee in the Rajya Sabha in which he described the amount of aid given by the UK as “a peanut in our total development exercises”. However, British officials have clarified that the annual aid of 280 million pounds is necessary and that it will target “three of India’s poorest states, rather than central Government”. [The Times of India]