Pema Khandu
Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu (middle) during the all-party meeting at Itanagar on Wednesday. Image credit - Northeast Now

Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on Wednesday announced that police commissionerate will be introduced in Itanagar to improve the law and order scenario in the state’s capital complex.

The chief minister made the announcement during an all-party meeting held at his office in Itanagar to discuss the modalities of the popular system.

The commissionerate system gives more powers, including magisterial powers, to police officers and is aimed at better and effective policing.

Co-chairing the meeting with BJP state president Biyuram Wahge and former chief minister Nabam Tuki, Khandu said once the system is introduced in the capital, there will be a visible change in the law and order situation within a year.

“The commissionerate system will enable effective policing in the capital complex area which is growing at fast pace with diverse culture living side by side,” said the Arunachal Pradesh chief minister.

“Itanagar-Naharlagun is the face of our state. So, it is necessary to maintain peace and order in the capital complex to achieve meaningful development,” he said.

Also, speaking on the occasion, home minister Bamang Felix said the new system will provide better accountability as responsibility will be fixed directly on the police department.

It will eliminate all chances for blame game between civil administration and the police in the event of any policing failure.

He also said the new system will enable an increased number of higher officers for intensive policing in dense urban areas.

Earlier, explaining the rationale for a commissionerate system in capital complex, director general of police RP Upadhyay said the new system will enable swift and unified action giving no chance for delayed action.

The proposed new police command system in Capital Complex will be headed by a commissioner of police (DIGP or higher ranks) to be assisted by numbers of DCP (SP rank) and ACP (DSP rank).

The DCPs will head different police functions such as traffic, crime, security and law & order.

Representatives from different political parties – Indian National Congress, Janata Dal (United), National People’s Party, People’s Party of Arunachal and independent candidate expressed their views on the commissionerate system and extended support for its implementation.

The all-party meeting also discussed the possibilities for non-party system in the upcoming panchayat elections.

The Arunachal Pradesh chief minister said non-party system will enable best leaders to be given chance and preserve community camaraderie.


Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: