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Police fair to clear requests

Jorhat, June 27: Assam police will ensure zero pendency of police verification applications in all the districts of the state by August 15, director-general of police Khagen Sarmah told reporters at the Jorhat stadium today, while visiting the first police verification mela organised in the state.

The fair was organised to expedite and streamline the process of issuing police verifications to applicants.

Jorhat became the first district in the state today to achieve zero pendency of police verification applications.

Jorhat superintendent of police Amanjeet Kaur said 700 applications were disposed of today. She said they would make efforts to ensure zero pendency every month.

Sarmah said as part of the Assam police initiative to speed up the process of issuing police verification reports, these events will be held in each district to clear pending applications.

The DGP said a mechanism would be put in place in the department to dispose of a police verification application within a month of receiving an application.

“We are working on a plan to maintain zero pendency of police verification requests in the state every month once we achieve the same by August 15. We have been receiving complaints from people since sometime back, about the delay in issuing police verification reports,” Sarmah said.

He said efforts would be made to set up a special cell in the major police stations of the districts to deal only with police verification process, as demand for such applications was on the rise.

Police verification is required by people while applying for a permanent residence certificate, driving licence and also while issuing appointment letters for state and central government jobs and passports. The top cop said nowadays appointment in the corporate sector also requires police verification.

A request for police verification report comes to the superintendent of police’s office in a district from the special branch wing headquarters of the police.

Sarmah said on an average, the department receives nearly one lakh applications per year and clears most of them in a year.

The inspector-general of police (special branch), Hiren Chandra Nath, said till date, 2,304 applications were pending across the state with 33,048 applications disposed of this year so far.

The district special branch cell in the office deals with the application. It is forwarded to the respective police stations to carry out spot verification according to the details provided by the applicant and also to find out whether there is any criminal record of the individual. After carrying out verification, an official of the police station files a report to the officer-in-charge of the police station, which sends it back to the district special branch cell of the SP’s office for his signature. It is then sent back to the department concerned. On the Maoist status in the state, the DGP said the police were taking necessary steps in the vulnerable areas to prevent the rebels from expanding their base.

Talking about the Upper Assam districts, Sarmah said the police were keeping a close watch and carrying out operations along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.

He claimed that the Maoists had to flee from areas bordering Changlang (Arunachal) and Tinsukia districts in recent times.


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