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State police to seek infrastructure boost: DGP

By R Dutta choudhury

GUWAHATI, Jan 8 � A detailed plan is being prepared to be presented before the 14th Finance Commission to strengthen the infrastructure of the State police force, said the Director General of Assam Police, Jayanta Narayan Choudhury. He also admitted that there is need to strengthen the investigation wing of the force to improve investigation of the cases.

Talking to The Assam Tribune, Choudhury said that there is need for building up infrastructure to improve the functioning of the force, while, manpower shortage is another major problem faced by the force. He admitted that the conviction rate of the cases registered with the Assam Police is lower than the national average and pointed out that both investigation and prosecution parts need to be strengthened.

The DGP said that at present, the investigating officers need to investigate into around 200 cases a year on an average apart from carrying out their other duties, which slows down the process of investigation. He pointed out that in an ideal situation, an officer should not be burdened with more than 40 to 50 cases in a year. To deal with the problem, the Government has recently issued an order authorizing the officers of the level of Assistant Sub Inspectors (ASI) to investigate cases.

Choudhury admitted that the housing satisfaction level of the Assam Police personnel is only around eleven per cent, which is among the lowest in the country and the situation need to improve as soon as possible. Improving the housing satisfaction level would be one of the goals in the days to come and the State Government may seek funds from the 14th Finance Commission in this regard. The Government has also sought funds from the North Eastern Council to improve the training facilities, which are also being used by the police forces of the other states of the region.

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State police to seek infrastructure boost: DGP

GUWAHATI, Jan 8 � A detailed plan is being prepared to be presented before the 14th Finance Commission to strengthen the infrastructure of the State police force, said the Director General of Assam Police, Jayanta Narayan Choudhury. He also admitted that there is need to strengthen the investigation wing of the force to improve investigation of the cases.

Talking to The Assam Tribune, Choudhury said that there is need for building up infrastructure to improve the functioning of the force, while, manpower shortage is another major problem faced by the force. He admitted that the conviction rate of the cases registered with the Assam Police is lower than the national average and pointed out that both investigation and prosecution parts need to be strengthened.

The DGP said that at present, the investigating officers need to investigate into around 200 cases a year on an average apart from carrying out their other duties, which slows down the process of investigation. He pointed out that in an ideal situation, an officer should not be burdened with more than 40 to 50 cases in a year. To deal with the problem, the Government has recently issued an order authorizing the officers of the level of Assistant Sub Inspectors (ASI) to investigate cases.

Choudhury admitted that the housing satisfaction level of the Assam Police personnel is only around eleven per cent, which is among the lowest in the country and the situation need to improve as soon as possible. Improving the housing satisfaction level would be one of the goals in the days to come and the State Government may seek funds from the 14th Finance Commission in this regard. The Government has also sought funds from the North Eastern Council to improve the training facilities, which are also being used by the police forces of the other states of the region.

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