GUWAHATI, Nov 30 - Taking over the charge of the Director General of Assam Police today, Mukesh Sahay commented that living up to the expectations of the people would be the biggest challenge for him and the police department.
He said that although militancy in the State is on the decline, the Police Department cannot lower its guard.
�Militancy is certainly on the decline but has not disappeared. We have to further decline the trend,� Sahay who formally took over the mantle of the top cop from Khagen Sarma stated.
On the threat from Islamic militancy, the 1984 batch IPS officer said that the Government is formulating effective response mechanism to counter the threat.
He said, �I feel extremely honoured and humbled but will continue to be a foot soldier. Our ultimate objective is public service and will continue to work towards it.�
On the challenges, he further elaborated saying, �Policing has always been a challenging job. We have to prepare ourselves both for the existing and upcoming challenges. Crime control and capacity building of the police department with a modern outlook would be the key.�
�Our ultimate aim is to create a safe society,� he pointed out.
Earlier, outgoing DGP Khagen Sarma said that media played a crucial role in restoration of peace in the State over the last many years.
He said that �criticism, on most occasions, helps us to improve our work.�
One of the top rated policeman when it came to dealing with insurgent activities, Sarma said that he could pen a book on his experiences.