Assam govt to initiate police reforms, moots for shift duty to police personnel

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Guwahati: Assam government plans for two-shift duty hours to police personnel. With an aim to reduce the workload on police forces, the government also decided to sanction one-month special leave to that personnel posted at different battalions to enable them to live with their families.
Various other welfare measures including the construction of a sufficient number of quarters for the policemen were discussed at a daylong conference of district police chiefs in Kaziranga on Wednesday, where State chief minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma also added that free compulsory annual health check-up facilities would be introduced for the police personnel.
Reviewing the law & order situations in the State, CM Sarma emphasized on a fast and professional intelligence gathering system that should have greater ramifications on the over peace and prosperity. He urged upon the police superintendents to be more prudent to enable policing to get into the root of any crime to facilitate expeditious delivery of justice.
During the conference, ways and means were also discussed for modernisation of the police forces and giving a new momentum to the policing in Assam. It was also decided to raise professional commando battalions of 10 numbers to be placed at various critical places. The new commandos will be trained in line with NSG commandos.
Sarma harped on the importance of robust strategies for stopping the commission of crimes and performing well researched, exhaustive and intelligent investigations. He also informed that from now two separate conferences will be held every year, where the first conference of deputy commissioners will be organized at Diphu in August.
The conference also decided to adopt zero tolerance towards cow as well as drug smuggling. Sarma, also in charge of State home portfolio, asked the SPs not to allow their districts to be used as transit routes. He also declared that seven forensic science laboratories will be set up in the State.
In presence of State ministers Ranjeet Kumar Dass, Atul Bora, Ajanta Neog, Keshav Mahanta, State police chief Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta with other top government officials, Sarma committed to protect Assam’s boundaries at any cost maintaining the spirit of seven sisters in northeast Bharat.