Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday said that his government will bring a reform in the state police department, particularly at the police station level.
Addressing a conference of officer-in-charge (OCs) of police stations across the state, Sarma said citizens should feel safe with the Assam Police and not fear them.
In the first-ever conference of OCs held in the history of Assam Police, Sarma, who also holds the Home department portfolio said that he will meet the OCs every six months and work on bringing reforms.
“The criminals should fear the police. A citizen should feel safe in the police station. The people should treat you as your friend… We have to earn a good name,” he told the OCs during the conference.
Addressing the media after the conference, he said, “Police stations have a very important role in policing. They are at the highest level in policing… There will be zero tolerance in the crimes against women and the OCs should take strict action against the accused as prescribed in the law.”
“Strengthening law & order for safety and security of every citizen is at the core of our governance principles,” he said.
He said the charge sheet against heinous crimes like rape, murder and case related to drugs and arms smuggling should be filed at the earliest. “When we will again meet in next six months, by then the charge sheet in heinous crimes would be filed,” he added.
Speaking on the cumbersome process in police verification for passport and job appointments, he said that the process will be eased and people will not face difficulties. “To bring people closer with the police, in terms of police verification, police report for road accident insurance claim, we have directed the OCs. We have told them the people should not face any difficulties,” he added.
Asking about the massive operation undertaken by Assam Police against drugs and cattle smuggling in recent times, he said, “We have been able to crack so many cases in last 50 days. We have almost neutralized cattle smuggling…. The police are trying to attack every element that is not authorized as per law. We are coming down [on crimes] heavily.”
However, he admitted that while performing the duty, the police personnel face some issues. “We need to wait for the budget session to get over. We can place more resources at the disposal of the Assam Police. There will be much more intensive work in the days to come,” he said.
Answering the questions on the loopholes in the existing police system, he said, “People are the best judge. They will judge if we brought reform or not… The work police did in the last two months should be considered as the sunrise to the new policing.”
At the conference, he made several announcements for the betterment of the personnel at the police stations. He said the government would provide a four-wheeler to every officer-in-charge for their police station and bike in case the police station is located in remote areas.
He announced that every police station will get a contingency fund of Rs 2.5 lakh per year, along with source money. In every police station, funds would be provided for building quarters for the one OCs and three sub-inspector rank officers, he said.
He said that he has advised police personnel to adopt a healthy lifestyle and deliver people friendly services. “The health department will conduct health check-ups every 15 days for police personnel,” he added.