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Assam plan for citizen-centric model police stations

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi along with Director General of PoliceKhangen Sarma (right) inaugurating a gate of the State Police Headquartersnear Ulubari in Guwahati on Friday. Photo: PTI

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi along with Director General of PoliceKhangen Sarma (right) inaugurating a gate of the State Police Headquartersnear Ulubari in Guwahati on Friday. Photo: PTI  

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Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday announced that 12 police stations in the State would be converted into citizen-centric model stations as a first step to improve police-public interface.

Making these announcements at an interaction with senior police officials above the rank of additional superintendents of police at a function held at the Police headquarters here, Mr Gogoi underscored the need for the police to come closer to the people for better policing.

He suggested setting up of a separate room with toilet facility in each police station for the civilians to improve police-public interface. He said that women recruitment in the force would be increased to 30 per cent and all police stations would have women cell by 2016.

“Raising the number of women in the State Police would help to tackle the rising crimes against women. Women police personnel are doing very well,” he said.

The Chief Minister said the government would build up necessary infrastructure for improving the working conditions of police personnel. He advocated providing incentives to the personnel posted in interior and far-flung areas.

Mr Gogoi asked policemen to focus on tackling human trafficking, witch-hunting, financial fraud and cyber crimes.

Speaking on the occasion, Director General of Police Khagen Sarma said Assam Police had set the deadline of August 30 for bringing down the pendency of verification cases to 0-30 days. Assam Police handle more than one lakh verification cases annually and he suggested that the Superintendents of Police could organise post-verification mela to achieve the target. He also said that another target set by his personnel was to bring down the number of pending cases in police stations to 50 per cent by December 31.

As part of the mission to improve the infrastructure and living conditions of policemen, 200 locations for constables and sub inspectors have been identified for construction of modern barracks with proper amenities. Rs 500 crore has been earmarked for infrastructure development of Assam Police and Rs 50 crore has been released for repairing and maintenance of existing structures with focus on water supply and sanitation, he added.

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