Dispur, June 29: Assam police department is aiming for a makeover and a people-friendly outreach as part of its project ‘Moitryee’ as women and child desks, counselling for youth who are turning towards committing a crime, online filing of First Investigation Reports, upgraded infrastructure and more patrol vehicles.
Mukesh Sahay, Director General of Assam Police announced Project Moitryee as-is process for behavioural shortcomings in the police department while dealing with civilians. “There has been a behavioural gap between the police and civilians, which leads to unnecessary complications. Under the modernisation project, in the coming five years we will see a complete makeover of 51 police stations. This will be a boon for the general public and help in tackling lots of problems”, stated the 1984 batch IPS officer.
Sahay also declared the names of districts where police stations would be modernised have already been finalised. Charaideo, Tinsukia, Udalguri, Baksa, Sonitpur and Biswanath are the highly sensitive districts and have found a place in the first list. More than one police station would be modernised from the selected districts. The police station will be facilitated with the proper internet connectivity, which would help in online filing of FIRs.
Counselling teens who turn to crime or youths who commit theft or other crimes for the first time will be counselled in police stations. The new facility of counselling teens is also provided in the police station. Another facility they will be bringing is a woman and child desk which will specifically deal with complaints regarding women and children. A reception area is among the other new facilities that the police stations would boast of to guide visitors.
The latest records of the state home department said that the number of cyber crime cases in Assam, registered under the provisions of Information and Technology Act, 2000 has increased from 154 in 2013 to 379 in 2014 that is 146.1%.
Including recruitment of tribal youth in Assam by militant groups, the previous year has also a rapid increase in cases of militant attacks and other crimes. Assam Police informed that project Moitryee has received fund approval of Rs 91.53 crore of which Rs 20 crore has been sanctioned for the first phase of modernisation.
Additional Director General of Assam Police L.R. Bishnoi told media that a final meeting of the general body, headed by the Chief Minister, will be held before beginning work on the project. Bishnoi who earlier served as Inspector General in the highly sensitive Bodo Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) said: “During the meeting, a final decision on the designs and other facilities will be taken”.
Assam Police are planning to acquire new vehicles for patrolling as part of the modernisation, and other counterinsurgency purposes noted Bishnoi. He added saying “We are also procuring new vehicles for patrolling and other purposes” and further said that the modernisation would also help change the negative perception among people about the police department.
Under the project, three police stations will be modernised in Majuli, assembly constituency of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. Guwahati, Golaghat and Cachar are the other districts which will get investment equivalent to the CM’s constituency.