Saturday, December 19, 2009

Forget militancy, focus on economic growth: Chief Minister DD Lapang

SHILLONG, Dec 19: Chief Minister DD Lapang has asked the Northeastern states  to discard the notion that the region is infested with militancy and focus on economic growth through public participation.

“I would like to announce to the nation that the Northeast is a safe place,” Lapang said at the passing out parade of police trainees at North East Police Academy (NEPA), Umsaw today.

Referring to the Look East Policy, he said the region needed to raise its economic standards through public participation.

While appreciating the services rendered by NEPA, the Chief Minister urged upon the police personnel to be people-friendly for better policing. “The police ought to be pro-people to gain their cooperation in tackling law and order problems,” he said, adding, “We need people who have courage and confidence.”

At the passing out parade 418 police personnel from the Northeast took an oath to owe allegiance to their duty and sacrifice for the people and the country. NEPA also presented eleven Deputy SPs (probationers) and eleven C/Sis,C/Jamadars & C/ASI with trophies which were given away by the Chief Minister.

The Governor of Meghalaya Sword of Honour, NEPA Gold Medal and DGP Running Trophy were given to C/SI Sean Standfold Lywait for being the all-round best trainee among the C/Sis and Dy SP (P) Mrinal Kanti Sarkar among the Dy SPs (P).

Later, the Chief Minister, along with Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister Tako Dabi, inaugurated the indoor firing range at the academy and laid the foundation stone of the 120- bedded cadet mess. THE SENTINEL

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