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Govt planning world class police academy

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Feb 28 - The State Government is planning to set up a world-class police training academy in the line of one used for training of the National Security Guard (NSG) commandos.

Replying to the opposition's resolution to curtail funds for Home department, which was proposed in the latest budget, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said that the training centre would be developed in the existing Dergaon Police Training Centre in such a manner that police personnel from across the country would benefit from it.

�The fund allocation is not sufficient. The police department needs more fund,� the Minister said, addressing the House. The Minister also informed that since May 2016, 30 cases of corruption have been registered resulting 33 accused officials. He said that the State Government is working on to improve on the existing people:police ratio.

�The UN mandates it to be 400:1 and we are not still to match that. Our Government is however committed to improve the ratio. But, it cannot happen in six months,� Patowary opined, informing that posts of nearly 7,400 sub inspectors and constable will be filled up soon.

While lauding the efforts of Assam Police for handling the situation well, especially when insurgent activities were on the high, the Minister said that efforts are on to improve the police stations and also solve the issues related to inter-state border outposts.

Patowary further stated that the perception of Assam being a disturbed has changed and it is now a place of opportunity and hopes. �Such wrong perceptions had taken a toll on the economic growth of the State as well,� he added.

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