GUWAHATI, July 26 - Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today expressed concern over the emerging threat of jihadi terrorism and announced a special scheme for improvement of the police stations.
In his Budget speech, Sarma said that jihadi terrorism that has emerged from our neighbhouring country poses great threat to the entire country. The Government of Assam is seized of the matter and in partnership with various Central and state agencies has been making holistic effort to deal with it.
Announcing launch of a new scheme called �Mission for Overall Improvement of Thana for Responsive Image: Rebuilding the Relationship�, Sarma proposed to allocate Rs 2,000 lakh for the first year for the project, which will continue for five years.
Under the mission, physical infrastructure, Internet connectivity and basic tools for cyber crime detection will be developed in 345 thanas within the next five years.
Sarma proposed a rehabilitation scheme for 3,600 surrendered militants and assured that the government would take necessary steps for imparting training on entrepreneurship skill development to them to make them employment worthy so that they are rehabilitated and lead a normal life.
The Finance Minister announced that around 4,000 police personnel would be recruited within the current year and a budgetary allocation of Rs 8.96 crore has been proposed for this purpose.
Expressing concern over increased traffic accidents, he said a project to set up traffic signals across 99 urban centres of Assam is being adopted.
Sarma also proposed creation of women�s cells in 63 police stations in the State and formation of citizens� committees in all 347 police station areas.