SHILLONG, March 18: Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma while presenting his budget on Wednesday said that the government has sanctioned a new battalion of commando force called the ‘Special Force 10’ which will deal with the problem of insurgency.
This, Dr. Sangma said, is one of the initiatives taken by the government towards the strengthening of the police department to deal with various issues of complex nature relating to law and order in the state.
He also informed that personnel under Special Force 10 will receive special training on jungle and urban warfare besides riot management.
He also said that the recruitment process for this has been completed and appointments will be made shortly.
Speaking about the other initiatives, Dr. Sangma said that under the Safe and Secure Shillong City project, installation of high definition CCTV cameras at strategic locations has been operationalized. He also said that CCTV cameras are also being set up in Tura while opining that this will help in tackling crimes, managing traffic and dealing with problems of law and order.
The Chief Minister also informed that modern traffic management systems and practices are also being adopted to improve traffic management.
“The State government had earlier sanctioned additional posts in four districts for the purpose. These posts have now been filled up and we are seeing improvement in traffic management in these districts,” he said.
He however expressed his disappointment with regard to the level of housing for police personnel. Emphasizing that a lot more needs to be done in this regard, he assured that the government will continue to provide funding support for this purpose.
“A proposal for setting up Integrated Police Welfare Complexes at Baghmara (South Garo Hills) and Tura (West Garo Hills) has been submitted to the Ministry of DoNER for funding under NLCPR,” the CM informed.
As per what the CM said on Wednesday, these complexes will also have dispensaries, officers’ mess, police welfare training centres, sports complex and recreation centres.