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Service (IPS). Mr Modi said his government intends to establish a Gujarat State Police University to impart holistic knowledge on police administration and criminal justice system, and sought the Centre's special assistance for this purpose.

He said Police Academies should be established at the national and state levels where the youth can be trained for recruitment in the police force or in private security agencies.

Listing the steps initiated by his government for dealing with the twin menace of terrorism and Naxalism, the Chief Minister said emphasis had been placed on strengthening the intelligence machinery.

Special Operations Groups (SOGs) have been raised at the district level for gathering intelligence at all levels of administrative units. In addition, the police force is being modernised by using state of the art Information Technology.

He said the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), headed by an officer of the DIG rank, has been established to combat organised crimes in the state. ''This has been working very effectively,'' he added.

With regard to the border and coastal security arrangements, Mr Modi said security at ports is inadequate, and in the absence of specialised equipment, contraband materials may easily be smuggled into the country.

He suggested that Coast Guards should be provided more shallow water boats, which can work in the coastal areas where draught depth is not available.

Mr Modi said he had sent to the Centre a Rs 392.47 crore comprehensive scheme on coastal security, which included setting up of 51 coastal police stations in 11 coastal districts of the state.

However, only 10 police stations were approved, he pointed out.

Similarly, against the proposal of 70 outposts, only 46 have been sanctioned.

He also regretted that the Centre had approved only Rs 58.42 crores agianst its demand of Rs.392.47 crores, which was hampering Gujarat's coastal security plan.

UNI

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