Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu Tuesday attended the passing out parade of recruit constables of Arunachal Pradesh Police (APP) and Indian Reserve Battalion (IRBn) at the Police Training Centre(PTC) Banderdewa, near here.
Khandu, who took the guard of honour at the passing out parade congratulated the 1034 trainees and wished them for further success in their career.
He also congratulated the state police and the PTC for having successfully trained the largest batch of constable recruits ever in the history of Arunachal Pradesh.
The CM appreciated the determination of the recruits who despite the Covid-19 pandemic successfully completed their training course. He also thanked the ITBP for their assistance in completion of the training.
Speaking on the occasion, Khandu said the state police that initially started as a small force today has the strength of 15,000 personnel with 3,000 vacancies more to be filled.
He assured that these vacancies would be gradually filled through Arunachal Pradesh Staff Selection Board (APSSB) and Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) in coming days.
Stressing on the importance of training, the CM requested the Home department to regularly conduct training for police personnel and make them fit for duty.
Khandu pointed out that whenever on a district tour, he found that the physical fitness level of many police personnel are not up to the mark. He, therefore, urged the department for regular conduct of physical training as well as other training programmes.
Pointing out drug abuse as the biggest challenge for the state, Khandu said it is wreaking havoc on the life of the young generation.
Reiterating that police personnel found indulging in drug business and abuse will be dealt strictly, Khandu said, “youths are our future, and if we ourselves are involved in destroying the future of our children then we are taking Arunachal towards darkness.”
He also announced special incentives for police personnel joining the Special Task Force (STF) on deputation besides risk allowances for police personnel assigned on duties that involve risking their lives.
On the occasion, the CM flagged off police vehicles and also inaugurated the MT garage and firing range.
Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Home Minister Bamang Felix, Education Minister Taba Tedir, Agriculture Minister Tage Taki, Industries Minister Tumke Bagra, Home Advisor Nyamar Karbak, MLA Zingnu Namchoom, Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar, DGP RP Upadhyaya and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.