GUWAHATI, March 26 � The State Government is introducing a 10 per cent reservation for women in the Police Department. It also taking steps to prevent incidents of bomb blast, said Minister Rockybul Hussain. He was replying to the debate on the demand for grant for the modernization of the Police Department, on behalf of the Chief Minister who is holding the Home portfolio.
The Minister claimed that the State Government has been able to move in the right direction and attract most of the militant groups to settle their issues through dialogues,
He further claimed that the overall law-and-order situation under the present regime has improved considerably and urged the Opposition members not to generalize the cases of corruption and misdemeanour of some police officials. �Blaming the entire police force for such practices of a section of the police officials has demoralizing effects,� he said, adding, the good name of the police has not diminished, rather it has increased.
The Minister condemned the bids of some political forces to incite violence, as was done in 2010 in the name of opposing the pilot project on updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the incidents of road blockade stayged by some organisations.
The State Government is trying to bring in transparency in the functioning of the police force, he said.
The Minister claimed that the number of civilians killed in insurgency-related violence has come down to 22 under the present State Government. Between May 15, 1996 and 2001, the number of civilians killed in such incidents was 1538 and since 2001, 924 civilians were killed in such incidents.