Saturday, August 15, 2009

Twin cradles to instruct combat cops - 2,028 police posts cleared

Ranchi, Aug. 11: The governor’s advisory council today approved a proposal to set up two counter-insurgency and anti-terrorist schools to hone combat skills of state police personnel engaged in fighting Naxalites.

One school will come up at Netarhat in rebel-dominated Latehar district and the other at Padma, Hazaribagh. A sum of Rs 3 crore had already been allocated in the 11th Five-Year Plan for the purpose.

“As the name suggests, the counter-insurgency and anti-terrorist schools will impart advanced training on Naxalite combat to policemen,” D.K. Saxena, special secretary, cabinet co-ordination department, said after the meeting.

Among other things, the governor’s advisers also sanctioned 2,028 police posts — from sub-inspectors (SIs) to constables — in 27 of the 35 newly created blocks of the state. While 137 posts have been created for SIs, that for assistant sub-inspectors is 206.

A state home department proposal on police modernisation received a go-ahead, too. According to the proposal, new police lines are to be created in the district headquarters of Giridih and Koderma. A sum of Rs 34.37 crore has been allocated for each.

The proposal of using Rs 21 crore under the non-plan head in the current fiscal for police modernisation was cleared by the advisory council.

Saxena said the home department had planned to construct new buildings for police stations across the state. “Of the Rs 21 crore, a sum of Rs 15 crore will be spent on these buildings and the rest on their maintenance,” he said.

Advisers G. Krishnan, T.P. Sinha and Sunila Basant also gave their final approval to as many as 17 proposals from various departments, including welfare, urban development, labour and drinking water and sanitation.

A sum of Rs 28.47 crore has been sanctioned to set up bore-wells in 6,800 anganwadi centres across the state. The work will be carried out by the drinking water and sanitation department.

The council approved the proposal of the labour department to construct new buildings for industrial training institutes (ITI) and a sum of Rs 28.44 crore has been set aside for the same. Besides, the ITIs in Ranchi and Dhanbad will be upgraded into “centres of excellence”.

Permission has been granted to the road construction department to withdraw a Nabard loan of Rs 33.34 crore, sanctioned earlier this month.

A sum of Rs 5.64 crore has also been cleared to procure sugar for distribution among BPL families.

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