Saturday, November 7, 2015

Offbeat @ COPKART

          During the last couple of years the top brass of Bangalore police deliberated on the ways and means to improve the working conditions of the police force.

          One main point of the Police Personnel is the irregular working hours which impact their day to day routine. Of course the Police personnel are trained to cope up with the same.

          As part of the overall approach to boost their morale, military like subsidised canteens were introduced in Karnataka State.

In the first week of 2014, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday inaugurated police canteen services, similar to the army canteens, which would sell essential commodities to police personnel at subsidised prices.

The Chief Minister inaugurated eight police canteens, including one each for Mysore city, Mysore district, Mandya, Tumkur, Kolar and Bangalore Rural district, KSRP campus at Koramangala here and at the Director-General and Inspector-General of Police office.

          The overall target is to have 40 canteens across the state to cater to the 85,000 + police personnel spread all the state.

The revenue generated from these canteens will be utilised for police welfare schemes. The products sold at police canteens will also have “KPC” certification to avoid misuse of the products.

Each individual Policemen/women will be given a smart card, to help in maintaining a database on purchases, both monthly and yearly.

At the same time, the smart card will also have the photograph of the spouse of the policeman so that either one of them can visit the store for shopping.

However it was observed that the target audience were not utilising the canteen services to the desired extent. Feedback from the police personnel indicated the physical distances from their residences were a major impediment. Another factor was the availability of the required product at all times.

In a brainstorming session, the COPKART idea came up. In simple terms, COPKART is an APP through the target audience can order products of their choice.

Simple isn’t it?

The brain behind COPKART is Mr. Abhishek Goyal, DCP (CAR head quarters). COPKART was launched this week and already seen 400 + downloads. COPKART is jointly developed by Bangalore Police and TechChefs Software Ltd.

At present, awareness programs are being run amongst the target audience amongst the multiple benefits of COPKART.

In the next phase, a Payment Gateway and delivery facility will be incorporated. These would boost volumes and also reduce the need to have physical stores all over the State. The costs such saved can be ploughed back for the welfare of the police personnel.