Biren pays homage to police heroes

Imphal, October 19: Chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh today paid homage to the late Manipur Police officers and personnel, who had sacrificed their lives for the cause of the motherland in the 125th Anniversary celebration of Manipur Police at the Parade Ground of 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles.

Biren Singh said everybody should adopt the philosophy of Nation and State first, we second and self last.

Police Department is the backbone of state administration, he added and stressed on transparency, honesty, dedication, commitment and hard work of the department.

Saying that Police sacrifice their lives in safeguarding public lives and properties, Biren Singh urged the people not to make derogatory remarks against the police for small mistakes.

Police are also human beings, and there are black sheep in the department. The unwanted elements should be jointly identified by police and public by working in close co-ordination and co-operation.

He said, “Nation and State are above of my status and positions”.

The state government would enforce a new transfer and posting policy for the employees, especially for police, teachers, doctors and nurses from January 1 next year.

He said in order to ensure good and equal governance and bring egalitarian development to all corners of the State, there is need to streamline the present system of transfer and posting of government employees.

As such, the government is planning to introduce a policy of deputing the employees in all corners of the state for 2 or 3 years on rotational basis.

The chief minister assured that necessary arrangements including accommodation would be made for employees’ safety and comfortable stay at their posting places.

Biren Singh asked why the state natives are unwilling to serve their own people at interior areas.

DGP L.M. Khaute said that Manipur Police had made remarkable progress in the fields of counter-insurgency, maintaining law and order, investigation, protection of lives and properties of the public and sports etc.

He said Manipur Police had been able to bring around 3300 militants to mainstream so far.

This year, Manipur Police had opened a separate Cyber Crime Police Station, deputed a separate SP for Traffic Police and introduced Community Policing.

In the function, the Biren Singh salute from 25 march-past contingents of CRPF, civil police (male and female), police commandos, Manipur Rifles, India Reserve Battalion, Home Guards, VDF personnel, NCC Cadets, Manipur Police Dog Squad and Manipur Police Bomb Disposal Squad.

Commandant of 3rd India Reserve Battalion, Thokchom Vikramjit Singh, MPS was the parade commander.

A total of 982 police officers and other ranks and a total of 84 officers and other ranks of Assam Rifles, BSF and CRPF were awarded DGP Commendation Roll and Disc in recognition of their outstanding performance of duty in various fields including investigative works, law and order, counter insurgency operations etc.

IGP (Manipur and Nagaland Sector) CRPF, Vikram Sehgal received the Commendation Roll and Disc on behalf of the recipients of CRPF while BSF DIG Shri Angom Shamu received the honours for BSF recipients.

The DGP running trophy for the best battalion was awarded to 8th Manipur Rifles. The second prize went to 1st Manipur Rifles and 5th Manipur Rifles while 2nd IRB and 5th IRB were jointly adjudged the third prize.

The DGP running trophy for the best police station went to Thoubal Police Station while Singjamei P/S and Nambol P/S received second and third prizes respectively.

The winner of the best police officer is Sub-Inspector E. Ayangleima Devi of Lamphel Police.

The sate government presented Quasquicentennial Medals to all the serving officers and personnel of Manipur Police.

DGP LM Khaute received the symbolic medal on behalf of the Departnent from the Chief Minister.

Biren Singh also released a souvenir, which contains the works and progress made by Manipur Police in the past 125 years, at the occasion.

Deputy chief minister Yumnam Joykumar, ministers, MLAs, top civil, police, paramilitary and Army officers also attended the celebration.

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