Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on Friday said the welfare of police personnel and strengthening the police department has always been a priority for his government.

Khandu, who was at Bhalukpong in West Kameng district to inaugurate a sub-fire station (SFS) building said “in order to boost morale and to address injustices faced by the police personnel in their services, the state government for the first time took the step for mass promotion of 1600 police constables.”

The chief minister said the grievances over lack of career growth and promotional scope of Sub-Inspectors (SI) has also been taken care of resulting in their speedier promotion, which earlier never happened.

Speaking on his development vision, the Khandu said for Arunachal to develop, reform is the key.

“Accordingly, various reforms have been initiated in all sectors, which are as per the advice from Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself,” he said.

The chief minister said awareness of the roles and responsibilities by all the elected leaders, civil servants and government employees are a must for each to contribute their best towards the progress and prosperity of the state.

“Accordingly training is being imparted to all the elected officials with one such workshop being currently undertaken for all the Zilla Parishad Chairpersons and Zilla Parishad members,” he said.

Khandu on the day also flagged off 22 fire crew vehicles of the Arunachal Pradesh Fire and Emergency Services and 5 vehicles of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF).

Earlier he released a vision document 2021-26 of the fire department and the SDRF.

The chief minister appreciated the police department for the release of its vision document and termed it as a much-needed approach towards problem-solving.

“It will help the government understand the issues facing the department and how to address it,” he said.

On the occasion, 25 police personnel serving as fire service officers to constables in the fire department were awarded DG’s commendation disc and certificates for their outstanding service in the year 2020.

Congratulating the recipients Khandu appreciated their selfless service towards the people of the state.

Minister Bamang Felix, advisor to forest and environment minister Kumsi Sidisow and DGP RP Upadhyay also spoke on the occasion.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

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