Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu while addressing a gathering on the occasion of 48th raising day of the Arunachal Pradesh Police (APP) at Police Training Centre (PTC) in Banderdewa on Sunday said the state government is committed to modernizing the state police force.
Addressing the gathering, Khandu said the state government has earmarked Rs 137 crore the previous year for the same. He appreciated home minister Bamang Felix and the police department for utilising the fund optimally. On strengthening of police force, the CM informed that new police stations in Kameng Bari, Dollungmukh, Shantipur, Borduria and Vijaynagar are made functional including the new women police stations at Pasighat, Tawang and Ziro. He also informed that the state government has made the fire station at Anini, Longding and Bhalukpong operational and the ones at Pasighat, Anjaw and Naharlagun waiting to be completed.
On police mobility, Khandu informed that the department has procured new 174 vehicles including nine bulletproof vehicles. Speaking on police reform, the CM informed that the biggest reform it saw this year is the common cadre system with prospective effect. Once it is implemented, the policing system will be improved, well managed and disciplined, he said. Lauding the role of police in fighting Covid-19, Khandu urged the police community to play an active role in bringing closer the diverse communities of the state.
Khandu in his speech outlined the major initiatives to be launched such as the several new infrastructures for police, training of firearms, up gradation of training infrastructure, better traffic regulation, strengthening of tourist police, raising of STF for insurgency affected areas etc. Taking strong exception to the illegal drug activities by police personnel, the CM vehemently condemned the alleged involvement of uniformed personnel. Warning of strict action, he said any police personnel involved will be arrested and stripped of their jobs.
Earlier during the day, CM paid tribute to the police personnel martyred in the line of duty at their memorial site which was followed by an inspection parade by him and a march-past. He later released a vision document 2021-2026 of Arunachal Police with the theme ‘SMART police for safe Arunachal’. Later, Khandu flagged off 54 police vehicles, which are part of the emergency response support system (ERSS) which will be placed at various towns across the state to improve police response.