Governor Devanand Konwar’s Republic Day speech at Gandhi Maidan stressed on the government’s efforts to improve law and order and check corruption — the two areas where it had once drew criticism.
Konwar’s speech mentioned the special courts set up by the state government for speedy trial of public servants caught in corruption cases and attachment of their properties purchased through alleged ill-gotten money. “There has been an increase in resources for the police and their proper training,” he said, pointing towards the new cyber crime police station and economic offences unit.
He also mentioned recently introduced mobile forensic labs. “In order to introduce scientific investigation of crime by the police, construction of regional forensic labs in Muzaffarpur and Bhagalpur has started and mobile labs have begun in various districts,” he said, claiming that the government had controlled crime and people of the state were living without fear. He also mentioned the women police battalion formed in the state for the first time.
The governor stressed that even the jail manual has been amended to remove the old concept of jails being torture centres. Inmates were tagged with entrepreneurship and new technology, he said. The governor also highlighted the achievements of the Right to Service Act, 2011, and said that it had helped the common man overcome shackles of red tape. He said that out of the 3 crore applications the state had received for various services, 97 per cent had been disposed of.
Konwar also talked about the government’s commitment to improve the state’s road network. “The decision to connect all villages, which have a population of 250 and above, with al-weather roads is praiseworthy,” he said.
He spoke on agriculture roadmap, irrigation projects, its drive for encouraging enrolment in schools, improvement in health sector, schemes for minority community and industry.