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CM Chamling chairs high-level meeting with police officers

Gangtok : Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, who also holds the Home Department portfolio, convened a high-level meeting with Sikkim Police officers here in the capital. Held at the conference hall of the police headquarters, the meeting was attended by the state police force’s top brass including the DGP, IGs and SPs from all the four districts, including SDPOs and SHOs from all police stations of the state. The session was an interactive one and saw officers placing their grievances and suggestions before the chief minister, who pledged to provide all assistance possible from the government and prioritising the department’s problems. The grievances included lack of manpower at several police stations, communication problems such as absence of telephone and mobile phone networks and infrastructure issues. 

Chamling thanked the state’s police force for helping conduct the recently concluded Parliamentary and Assembly elections in a peaceful manner and expressed confidence in seeing the same kind of sincerity and dedication going forward. He said Sikkim is a tranquil state and the credit goes to its law enforcers for maintaining the status quo. Higher-ranking officers were urged to motivate their juniors by promoting the feeling of brotherhood among them. The chief minister noted, “Most police stations and infrastructure facilities are on leased-out property. Concerned officers can identify landed property for sale where the department can build its infrastructure. The government will back the department with full financial and logistics support.” He also called for a well-equipped, trained and updated force capable of facing any adverse situation so as to maintain law and order in the state. Officers will be sent for regular training to keep them abreast with new developments by providing full logistics support. 

According to the chief minister, two companies of the state Women’s Armed Police Force will soon be formed and he asked the DGP to work towards this. Apart from their primary duties, the police force should also ensure chemical fertilisers and pesticides and drugs and non-bio-degradable materials including plastics are not used in the state, he urged. Assuring to resolve the issue of promotion in the department, Chamling said the best possible ways would be executed for this. He appreciated a suggestion to set up a police memorial and museum in Aritar, East Sikkim. The issue of maintaining smooth vehicular traffic movement in Gangtok was also discussed in detail including the best possible solutions to ensure this. The suggestion of the DSP (Traffic) to introduce prepaid taxis in the state was appreciated by the chief minister, who promised to look into the matter and get it implemented. 

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