Guwahati, Nov 14 (UNI) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said the law and order situation in the state was, to a large extent, under control with the state progressing well.
Responding to a cut motion brought by the Opposition, on grant of supplementary demands to the police department for the current fiscal, the Chief Minister said the law and order situation in the state was well under control and although a problem existed in the security forces, who were guilty of excesses and crimes on many occasions, the situation was under control.
The government had sought an additional amount of Rs one lakh for the department, he said.
Bringing the cut motion, Opposition members, including Leader of Opposition Chandramohan Patowary, CPI MLA Dhrupad Borgohain and AUDF MLA Dr A Langthasa, said the law and order situation was deteriorating in the state. They blamed the inefficiency of the police and security forces and held the government responsible for it.
Referring to the salary scam in the Assam Police battalions, the Mr Gogoi conceded that there were a few 'black sheep' in the police department but added that the government was trying to check it as much as possible. Moreover, the government had also initiated immediate action against any police personnel found guilty, he added.
Mr Gogoi also highlighted that the government had initiated peace talks with various militant outfits in the state and had gone to the extent of unilateral ceasefire with the ULFA to facilitate talks, a gesture not reciprocated by the outfit.
He said development was the key to fight the problems facing the state, especially insurgency, and stressed the need of strengthening the police force for the purpose. The chief minister pointed out that the additional grant asked for the police department was for the conduct of the panchayat polls in December and did not cover the expenditutre for maintaining regular law and order.
The Opposition, later, however, withdrew the cut motion and the grant of Rs one lakh was passed by the assembly.