Monday, November 15, 2010

Commandos set to take charge soon

TNN, Nov 15, 2010, 09.44pm IST

Tags:National Security Guards|Karnataka Police Academy

MYSORE: The elite commando force, which has been constituted by the state to counter terrorism, will start functioning shortly, said home minister R Ashoka. He was speaking on the sidelines of laying of the foundation for the administrative block of Karnataka Police Academy on Monday.

He said the force has been formed on the lines of ( National Security Guards) NSG to tackle terrorism and naxal issues in the state. A total of 300 police personnel drawn from different wings are trained in various aspects.

As we cant wait for security forces from the Centre during emergency situations, we have made special arrangements to deal with the future security challenges in Karnataka, Ashoka said, adding that a brigadier-level officer (retired) of the Indian Army will head the commando group for three years.

My first priority is to improve standards of constables and head constables, who are chiefly responsible for maintaining law and order in the state, the minister said, replying to a query. Besides this, they will also focus on providing education to their children and adequate ration to the families. On the occasion, the minister disclosed plans to increase the number of police quarters by three-fold.

Ashoka also warned the Naxalites saying the police force is ready to take stringent steps against naxals if they do not shun violence. The government is committed to rehabilitate those who desist from naxal activities by providing jobs and shelter to them. In a democratic set-up, people have the opportunity to protest peacefully, but if anyone takes the path of violence, they will be dealt with an iron hand, the minister stated.

Briefing reporters about the new establishment at KPA, Ashoka said the administrative block is coming up at a cost of Rs 2.69 crore. The two-storeyed building will have a total built-up area of 24,000 sqft. A community hall will also be built in the area at a cost of Rs 2.7 crore. The government wants to make the police training academy a model centre in the country. We have set aside Rs 13 lakh for a basketball court, Rs 63 lakh for a hostel and seminar hall, Rs 2 crore to repair building blocks at KPA, Rs 3 crore to procure advanced training equipment and Rs 1 crore to purchase arms and ammunition, the minister stated.

The Karnataka Police Academy will shortly start implementing rainwater harvesting on its premises, he said.

Read more: Commandos set to take charge soon - The Times of India

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