Saturday, Jan 09, 2021 07:30 [IST]
Last Update: Saturday, Jan 09, 2021 01:57 [IST]
NAMCHI,: Namchi moved a step forward to become Smart City as Chief Minister P.S. Golay on Friday laid the foundation stone for a Smart Police Station.
The smart police station-cum-crises response centre, one of the integral parts of Namchi Smart City project, is coming up on the premises of the existing Namchi police station.
The station, which will have all the essential modern facilities, will be completed in approximately 18 months.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister P.S. Golay said, “As Smart City is going to be a reality in the near future it is extremely imperative for the State government to put together the infrastructure for the police force, imbibing seamless technology which can aid in providing urban security in a holistic and sustainable way.”
He underlined that enhancement of police infrastructure will lead to increase in the capacity of the police force. It will also upgrade services provided by the department, particularly by civil police, as they are responsible in maintaining law and order and prevention of crime in their concerned areas, he added.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister informed that smart police stations, resembling Namchi station, will also be recommended in Geyzing, Nayabazar and Melli. The land for the same is already being scouted, he added.
Golay further announced that the State government will initiate 'Outstanding Police Awards’ for commendable service to the State. While giving this award, promotion, if necessary, will also be explored, he added. The notification for the same will be issued soon, it was informed.
The government will also open recruitment process in the Police department and will also look into the promotion, Golay added.
The Chief Minister also acknowledged and applauded Pakyong police station in East Sikkim for being adjudged seventh best police station in India, which, he said, reflects the way Sikkim Police works with an “uncompromising and dedicated manner”.
The Chief Minister also updated as to how the State government is propelling women police officers to be a driving force in the department and spoke about some highly-acclaimed women police officers and encouraged the gathering to apprise women to take up policing as a choice of job. He added that the State government is making earnest efforts in coordinating Indian Police Service and Sikkim State Police Service so that they can serve and live up to the expectation of the government and the public alike.
Mentioning about the Nasha Mukt campaign, he added that if any police personnel is found engaging in any drug-related issues, after due investigation, the said personnel “will be requested to go for compulsory retirement”.
Delving into health sector, the Chief Minister said that Namchi will soon have a 300-bedded hospital and emphasized that health sector will always be prioritised by the government. He mentioned that the State government has also shouldered the responsibility to give dialysis in all the district of the State.
Urban Development minister Arun Upreti informed about the Smart City mission and highlighted how a smart city functions. "Namchi will be made better through the budgeting in Smart City projects by the government. Timeliness and quality of work will be given focus by the government," he added.
Likewise, DGP A. Shanker Rao highlighted the functions and other aspects of the Police department. He also thanked the State government for their relentless support in uplifting the department especially during the challenging time of pandemic wherein the government provided additional vehicles to the department for smooth operation. He, on behalf of the Police department, appreciated the support shown by State government especially during the time of adversity and assured that from the department will give their best in service to the public.
DIG (Range) Prawin Gurung said that Sikkim will soon witness a revolution in up gradation of police stations in different parts of the State. The State presently has 27 police stations out of which 14 are in good condition, he informed.
Additional chief town planner of Namchi Smart City Ltd, Navin Rai, informed that the smart police would have various intelligence-based facilities and would be an example of modernization of police station in all aspects.
Rai said the proposed crises response centre will be constructed on the open ground adjacent to the existing police station and after the completion of the project, the existing building will be dismantled and converted into an open parole ground. The new structure will consist of four-storied unit with parking facility at base level. The area of the new structure is 4,070 sq ft per floor and the area of the parole ground is 3,800 sq ft. Rai added that the project will be completed in approximately 18 months.