GUWAHATI, Feb 27 - Legislators cutting across party lines today called upon the State Government to take steps for improving the law and order situation in Assam, and adopt measures to modernise the police force.
Taking part in the discussion for Demands to Grants of the Home Department, the MLAs said that more steps should be taken for the welfare of the personnel in uniform and for upgradation of the police infrastructure facilities.
BJP MLA Ashok Sarma said that all steps must be taken to provide adequate weapons to the police force and to strengthen the department. He said that at many places Assam Police is plagued by problems like lack of transportation facilities, lack of proper housing facilities for the personnel and even lack of potable water.
Sarma said there is a need to provide more funds to the police and the State Budget has taken a right step in that direction.
Congress MLA Wazed Ali Choudhury called for stern action against linkmen associated with terrorist outfits and added that the nexus between such linkmen and their handlers must be broken. He alleged that at many interior places police personnel are operating without basic infrastructure and called for strengthening of outposts in border and char areas.
Choudhury expressed concern that many police personnel are allegedly involved in corrupt practices.
BJP MLA Siddhartha Bhattacharya said that the police-to-public ratio in Assam is lower as compared to other States and called upon the Government to take steps for opening of more police stations, upgradation of facilities for the personnel, and for more focus on forensic and cyber crimes.
AGP�s Ramendra Narayan Kalita alleged that many honest police officers are sidelined and said that during the previous Congress regime no steps were taken for strengthening police infrastructure.
Congress MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi said that the previous Congress Government was able to take drastic steps for improvement in the law and order situation in Assam. He said that since the BJP Government came to power in Dispur, there have been many incidents of police firing on protesters at various places, which resulted in casualties.
Kurmi said that the State Government has displayed lack of seriousness in dealing with border protection and mentioned that tension along the Assam-Nagaland border has become a regular feature.
Congress MLA Rekibuddin Ahmed said that while there can be no difference over the fact that all illegal immigrants should be identified and expelled, innocent people should not be victimised on the basis of religion and ethnicity. He also expressed concern over the slow pace of NRC updation.
Ahmed said that poaching in Kaziranga and other reserved forest areas continue unabated despite change of regime in the State. The MLA claimed that there is lot of political interference in the work of the police.
Ahmed called upon the Government to include Boko, Chaygaon and Palashbari in the Guwahati Commissionerate.
Among others, Bimal Borah of BJP, Ashok Singhal of BJP, Kamalshing Narzary of BPF, Satyabrata Kalita of AGP and Numal Momin of BJP also took part in the discussion.
AAU to issue digitised certificates
Jorhat, Feb 27 - For the first time in the country, the city-based Assam Agricultural University (AAU) is going to set a record by issuing digitised degree certificates to eligible students of different academic programmes, including BSc, BVSc, BFSc, MSc, MBA, MVSc and PhD during the 20th convocation on Tuesday. Addressing a press conference today, the Vice Chancellor of the university Dr Kamal Malla Bujarbaruah said that as many as 1,201 students are eligible for receiving various degrees under different faculties during the convocation.
�All of them will be awarded with digitised certificates. For the first time in the country we are going to issue digitised certificates to the eligible students,� said Dr Bujarbaruah.
Being the Chancellor of AAU, State Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Dr Trilochan Mohapatra and several other dignitaries will also attend the convocation.