Case study: An IPS officer used soft policing to crack down on illegal hooch distilleries in Solapur.
- Tejaswi Satpute, SP ,Solapur Rural, launched Operation Parivartan in September 2021 a four-point action plan that combined soft policing such as counselling with a concerted crackdown on the haath bhattis.
- The region has acquired reputation as the primary supplier of hooch to at least nine districts in the region.
- A year later, nearly 80 percent of haath bhattis in Solapur rural areas have shut down and over 650 families involved in the trade have been rehabilitated which includes Banjara community as a major stakeholder.
- Recently, Tejaswi Satpute awarded the FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) for smart policing special jury award for operation Parivartan.
Source: Indian Express