Shillong, Jun 15: The Meghalaya government on Tuesday held a meeting to discuss issues of strengthen the police force.
Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma informed that issues of improving the existing infrastructure in the outposts, police stations and battalions that are already existing.
The meeting also discussed the expansion of the presence of outposts in the critical zones and also filling up of posts and manpower in the Police Stations and Outposts.
Also the need to strengthen the cyber crime division was also deliberated.
Sangma said that infrastructures are already existing but they need to be augmented by having more investment, more human resource.
The Chief Minister said that getting more manpower and infrastructure within the system will lead to creation of new posts, creation of new locations and also ensuring in the existing locations where manpower is less will also be improved.
The raising of the new battalions was also discussed.
“The Police department has placed on record the need to go for new battalions. We are examining those aspects and see what are the financial implications, the support that the centre will give,” he said.
He said that although the centre will support the state government with certain percentage in raising these battalions but in a year’s time the entire financial impact will fall on the state government.
“Initial investment will not be that big compared to the overall impact in the next 15-20 years. So we have to examine all those aspects. As I mentioned should it (investment) go in the outposts, battalions which many of them require a lot of infrastructure, many of the police stations do not have the required manpower. We need money for the cyber crime wing, for the women police. Should we be investing in the existing or expand the battalions and let the existing system remain where it is,” the Chief Minister said.