Nagaland home minister, Y. Patton, with an aim to revamp the police department in the state, has kick-started the first phase of his official tour.
In the first phase, Patton, accompanied by DGP L.L. Doungel IPS and IGP (NAP), Bendang Lemtur, visited 6th NAP battalion, Tizit; 11 IR battalion at Aboi, 13th IR battalion at Yajang and 7th NAP battalion at Bhandari from April 27-28. Parliamentary secretary, agriculture, Dr. Benjongliba also accompanied the home minister during the visit to Yajang village.
On observing that most of the battalion quarters/offices needed to undergo restructuring, Patton said that those needed immediate attention would be taken up at the earliest.
Commandants of IR and NAP battalions also shared their grievances mostly with regard to lack of infrastructure to the visiting home minister. In this regard, Patton instructed the DGP to give priority to those problems that needed immediate measures at the earliest.
With regard to ongoing construction at 11th IR battalion, Aboi, the home minister suggested reducing the construction of residential complex to cut down the expenditure. He said since most of the IR companies in a battalion were posted in various places to maintain law and order, the construction of residential complex should be reduced.
According to home minister, the official tour was initiated to physically witness the grievances faced by the uniformed personnel posted at interior areas instead of receiving reports from their superiors.
During his visit to 7th NAP battalion, Patton also launched “No vehicle day on Wednesday” and “save fuel save environment”. The campaign is an initiative of 7th NAP Bn to save fuel, save environment and keeping one fit.
Under the campaign, on every Wednesday, all uniformed personnel and civilians would be refrained from driving inside the camp. However, sick patients and emergency cases have been exempted.
The home minister is also scheduled to inspect NAP and IR battalions in interior districts during his second phase of official tour.