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Separate unit for better policing

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Guwahati, June 26: The Assam government has decided to set up a separate intelligence cadre of the state police to raise their level of efficiency.

The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by chief minister Tarun Gogoi at his official residence last evening.

Chief secretary Jitesh Khosla, principal secretary (home and political) M.G.V.K. Bhanu, director-general of police Khagen Sarma and senior officers of the home department and police were present at the meeting.

Gogoi directed the chief secretary to initiate measures to strengthen the intelligence network to raise the level of efficiency and competency of the police force in maintaining law and order and combating crimes. Towards this purpose, he asked him to separate the intelligence branch from the police.

“It is of crucial importance that appropriate training inputs are given for developing the right attitude and for imparting relevant knowledge and skills to improve the intelligence gathering mechanism to meet the growing challenges of terrorist and insurgent outfits. To improve professionalism and enhance operational efficiency, use of the latest technologies by intelligence personnel is a must,” Khosla said.

Bhanu said the decision was aimed at raising a set of dedicated officials with the correct aptitude and training along with more professionalism for the task to provide an edge to intelligence gathering.

“Because of frequent transfers, the task of intelligence gathering suffers. Now personnel recruited in the intelligence cadre will go through a specialised training that will help in developing the aptitude and orientation required for the specialised task,” he added.

Proposed to be set up on the lines of the Intelligence Bureau, the intelligence cadre will have a set of personnel who will be recruited through a separate procedure and will remain there till superannuation.

Gogoi also asked Khosla to initiate steps to make the police stations more people-friendly. “A citizen who visits a police station would feel assured if it is spacious and has better waiting rooms. Our police force needs to be friendly and responsible and must have compassion and empathy for people,” he said.

The chief minister also underscored the need to improve the working conditions of constables who constitute a sizeable chunk of the police force. “Working conditions for the constables have to be improved. Housing and other amenities have to be provided to them,” he said.

As part of police reforms, the state government is also working towards separating the investigation and law and order wings of the force. The process has started in Guwahati with the creation of a separate crime investigation cell.


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