Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently mooted the idea of ‘One Nation, One Police Uniform’.



  • His suggestion “One Nation, One Uniform” is in line with his broader attempt to introduce a uniform set of policies across the country. 
  • Currently, there is a ‘one nation, one rationcard; one nation, one mobilitycard; one nation, one gridand a one nation, one sign language’.


About the ‘Law and order’

  • The Indian Constitution puts police forces under the jurisdiction of state governments, and each of the 28 states have their own police force.
  • Both public orderand the policeare placed in List II (State List) of the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution, which deals with the division of powers between the Union and States.
  • While police personnel in India are often associated with the colour khaki, their uniforms do differ in varying degrees in different regions.
  • Since state governments and even an individual force can decide the uniform their personnel wear, there are at times inconsistencies in their official attire. For example:
    • The Kolkata Police wear white uniforms.
    • Puducherry Police constables wear a bright red cap with their khaki uniforms.
    • Delhi Traffic Police personnel wear white and blue uniforms.


About the new uniform

The Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD), under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), had designed a new all-weather friendlysmart uniform’ for Indian police in 2017 in association with the National Institute of Design (NID) and sent a report to all the states and UTs.