Imphal (DIPR):Chief Minister N. Biren Singhflagged off 12 GPS enabled highway patrol vehicles from the Western Gate of the Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Tuesday. The patrol vehicles flagged off under phase-III, included three for Tamenglong District, three for Noney District, two for Kangpokpi District, two for Senapati District and two for Tengnoupal District.
Earlier, five such vehicles for Senapati District and three vehicles for Kangpokpi District were flagged off on May 13, 2022 in phase-I. While another five vehicles for Tengnoupal District and two vehicles for Tamenglong District were also flagged off on June 8 and June 19, 2022 respectively in phase-II.
Speaking on the occasion, Biren stated that the GPS enabled highway patrol vehicles were launched to enable quick response from Police to any incident that takes place along the National Highways in the State. He conveyed that the location of the patrol vehicles could be tracked from the Police Headquarter.
Informing that the vehicle flagged off today could accommodate a minimum of 10 police personnel, he elaborated that the patrol teams would help stop threatening and extortion of truck and bus drivers by unknown miscreants along the National Highways.
The Chief Minister further maintained that law and order of the State had significantly improved with the tireless day and night service from the Police side and also with the support and cooperation of the public. As such, there is now no need for security convoys for transportation of oil tankers in the State, he said.
Reiterating that the aim of the Government is to ensure its people’s welfare and safety, he stated that the Government had started the work of police modernization to change the morale of police and make them people friendly. Necessary equipment had been provided for the modernization. Meeyam gi Numit is also organised in every district including the District Police to bring better relations between police and public, he added.
Biren further informed that construction of 34 Police Stations along the Indo-Myanmar Border from Behiang to Jessami had started and added that with all such initiatives, the State would be able to check and stop illegal immigration and drugs trafficking along the border areas. Terming the police as protectors of life and property of people, he asked police personnel to be always ready to help the public timely and also to ensure no damage is caused to the public.
Further, he appealed to the patrol vehicle teams to use the vehicles with proper maintenance, thinking it as their own property, as Government’s property is public property.
Director General of Police (in charge) Christopher Doungel, delivering his welcome speech, appreciated the Chief Minister for his unwavering support to the works taken up by the Police Department and for his initiatives for the welfare of the people of the State. He stated that the GPS enabled highway patrol vehicles would not only check crimes and extortion, but act as confidence building measures and maintain a better relation between the police and public.
Tribal Affairs and Hills Minister Letpao Haokip, Social Welfare Minister Heikham Dingo, Transport Minister Khasim Vashum, MP, Rajya Sabha Leishemba Sanajaoba, Chairman, Manipur Industrial Development Corporation Ltd. Kongkham Robindro, Chairman, Manipur Handloom and Handicraft Development Corporation Ltd. Khongbantabam Ibomcha, Additional Director General of Police Clay Khongsai, Senior Police Officers and Superintendents of Police also attended the flagg off programme among others.