GUWAHATI, March 11 � The State government today clarified in the Assembly that the City Police Commissionerate and the new police districts in the State were being effected as part of a long-term goal of streamlining the police administration and ensuring its efficiency and public relations, and not something imposed on the people in a hurry.
Replying to a call attention motion by AR Khan (AIUDF) who referred to a newsitem published in a vernacular daily that the changes effected in the police system were leading to anomalies and a stalemate, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rakibul Hussain said the Police Commissionerate and police districts were the �call of the hour� and the changes had already impacted the police administration in a positive manner.
Referring to the Shanti Prasad Commission that had called for a police commissionerate for Guwahati way back in 1971 in view of the expansion of the city and the consequent constraints concerning crimes, law and order, etc., Hussain said
the main objective behind the newly-established Police Commissionerate was to check crimes and facilitate better police-public relations.
�As many as 49 cities of the country have police commissionerates, and it is in the fitness of things that Guwahati, the region�s lone metropolis, has finally got a police commissionerate. It is ridiculous that somebody could be questioning the rationale behind the new set-up,� he said.
Hussain said that making the Police Commissionerate and the police districts fully functional would understandably take some time and the process would be conducted in a phased manner over a period of time.
�The Commissionerate entailed creation of a post of Police Commissioner, a Joint Commissioner, eight Deputy Police Commissioners and 12 Additional Deputy Police Commissioners, besides a thorough revamp of the infrastructure and facilities - something that also called for substantial expenditure,� he said, adding that naturally the exercise warranted abolition of certain posts in view of the changed circumstances.