Assam police will go through a ‘paradigm shift‘ in which 10 commando battalions, changed recruitment procedure, induction of more civil police and other welfare steps for the force’s personnel will be taken up, said the state’s Director General of Police, Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta.
Announcing the reforms following a meeting headed by the state’s Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who also holds the Home portfolio, along with the Superintendents of Police of all the districts and other top cops, Mahanta said the attempts are to make Assam Police into a “competent and professional force”.
Mahanta said that at least 12 thousand personnel will be inducted into the Commando Battalions.
“These battalions will be opened up in various strategic places throughout the state so that its geographical integrity is maintained and the state can be capable of tackling any threats upon the state or the country. This will be an elite force of experts in which, Assam’s Virangana (a woman commando’s force) will also be inducted,” Mahanta said.
On the state’s recruitment procedure, Mahanta said, “Assam’s existing general aptitude exams for recruitment has not been very effective in maintaining efficiency within the department. The recruitment procedure henceforth will be requirement based,” Mahanta said.
This means, for armed or combat forces where physical agility is more important, education will be overlooked while for technical posts, technical know-how will be given more preferences and for sub-inspector or investigation purposes, highly educated, apt in computers will be preferred.
“The state has very low numbers accorded to civil police officers. Assam currently has only 72 such officers for each 12 lakh of population. To bridge that gap, we will recruit 23,000 civil police officers,” Mahanta said.
To increase the productivity of the force, Mahanta said that 30 days additional vacations will be given to the officials on top of their 240 annual paid leaves and the police stations will run in two shifts.
Mahanta said the concern of the CM is to make the Assam Police a professional force that would give priority to the integrity of the state and the country.