SHILLONG, March 03: The name of the former DGP of Meghalaya, Rajiv Mehta has been approved for the post of Security Adviser to the Government of Meghalaya as was informed on Friday.
“We have approved the proposal of the political department for appointment of the Security Adviser to the Government of Meghalaya,” Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma informed after a Cabinet meeting on Friday.
“Accordingly, the Cabinet has also approved the recommendation of the home department (police), which proposes to appoint Rajiv Mehta, the former DGP as the Security Adviser initially for a period of one year,” he added.
Highlighting on the role of security adviser, Dr. Sangma said that there has been a felt need that a dedicated person with all the background of experience be made available to assist the state government in dealing with various issues.
“The security adviser will provide appropriate suggestions and recommendations on a given situation to deal with the strengthening of internal security apparatus and combating with the problem of militancy,” he said.
Apart from this, the Chief Minister also informed that the security adviser will also provide recommendations on issues related to border management along the international border with Bangladesh.
“It is also to ensure that there is complete coordination between Meghalaya and the other sister states of the North East region because the issue of various challenges across the international border do not take place in the state alone,” he added.
He further stated that the decision also include various other support systems which can be put in place for training and sensitizing in respect to human rights issue and bridging the gap between police and community and stakeholders.
Referring to the challenges faced by the state government while embarking upon administrative reform, he said there is need to strengthen the police organization, forensic section and the Directorate of Prosecution.