Sonowal seeks funds for upgradation of state police force

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Submits memo on police modernisation and other key issues

HT Bureau

GUWWAHATI, June 14: Asssam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal Friday called on Union home minister Amit Shah at the latter’s office in New Delhi and congratulated Shah for assuming office while holding discussions on several important issues.

The chief minister also submitted a memorandum to the Union minister on police modernisation and other key matters.

Modernisation of state police force for turning Assam Police into a smart police force was a key point of discussion during the meeting and the chief minister apprised about the implementation status of schemes like MOITRI for modernisation of infrastructure of police stations in the state.

Apart from seeking financial support for MOITRI project, the chief minister also sought Union government’s assistance in upgrading Assam Police Training College into a world class police academy and strengthening of Assam Police’s Cyberdome which is set up for cyber intelligence gathering and cyber investigation among others.

Support from the Union government was also sought for upgrading constabulary training and providing satisfactory housing to police personnel in the state.

The chief minister also apprised the Union Home Minister about the status of constitution of the coordinated police force for the entire North East Region – NEPOL.

Sonowal urged the Union minister for setting up of a Co-ordination Centre at Guwahati for NEPOL which would bring a sea change in coordinated policing in the NE region.

During the meeting, the chief minister urged the Union government to expedite the completion of sealing of Indo-Bangladesh Border and also review the effectiveness of technological solutions implemented in the riverine areas of Dhubri Sector of Indo-Bangladesh Border.

The status of NRC update process and the Centre’s approval for setting up of 400 Foreigners Tribunal (FT) in the state also came up for discussion.

Later, the chief minister also called on Union minister of rural development, panchayati raj and agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar at his office and discussed various important issues.


Assam seeks Armed forces training centre

Assam government has demanded setting up of a national-level training institute for Armed forces in Assam.

The demand was placed before Defence minister Rajnath Singh by Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal when the latter called on him on Friday.

Sonowal told the Defence minister that required land for the institute would be provided by the Assam Government.

He also informed him that in spite of significant deployment of Armed forces for guarding the borders and for tackling insurgency in Assam, the state does not have a single institution of Armed Forces.

The chief minister also observed that the national level training institution will inspire the youth of Assam and the North East to join armed forces and will promote nationalism and national integration.

During discussion Sonowal expressed hope that Assam and North East would benefit immensely from Singh’s leadership of the Armed Forces.  He informed the Defence Minister that insurgency in the region has been controlled to a large extend with full support of the Army and exuded confidence that law and order situation of the State will further improve in the near future.

The chief minister apprised the Union Minister about various steps taken by the State government to inculcate spirit of nationalism among the youth.

Sonowal on Thursday met Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ at the latter’s official residence in New Delhi and discussed various issues related to education scenario of North East in general & Assam in particular.

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