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SHILLONG | Dec 21:

Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma on Saturday said that the State Government is always willing to walk the extra mile to talk peace with those who are willing to engage within the framework of the Constitution.

“Let me reiterate that our Government is fully committed to working towards peace, progress and prosperity. However,  let me also be very categorical in stating that while we are open, we are equally clear that we shall act firmly and decisively against inimical and mischievous elements that indulge in violence or work against the interests of our nation,” Sangma said while addressing during the passing out parade of the 46th batch course North East Police Academy (NEPA), Umiam here today.

The statement of Meghalaya Chief Minister has come in the wake of the offer made by Meghalaya’s outlawed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), who had recently stated that it is ready for peace talks even within the ambit of the Constitution of India. HNLC General Secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw had stated that the rebel outfit has been expressing its willingness to shun the path of violence and join the mainstream from 2004.

Meghalaya CM attends passing out parade at NEPA

Meanwhile, the chief minister said that improved infrastructure and development of the North Eastern States is extremely important given this strategic importance. “Accordingly, we have always remained committed towards ensuring improved connectivity, good transport network and social and economic development of Meghalaya. But development can be sustained and can flourish only in an environment of peace. And as Police officers, you are also responsible for the economic development of the State. It is your primary responsibility to collect intelligence on any issue that poses a threat to internal security, resolve conflicts and  maintain law and order, thereby instilling a feeling of security in the community. A stable and secure State will allow the Government to focus its energies on developmental issues,” he said.

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Meghalaya Chief Minister also said that the North Eastern Police Academy can play an important role in contributing to this effort. “NEPA should act as a nodal training agency to design and conduct specialised training modules for the police of the NE States as well the CAPFs deployed in the North East borders in order to ensure uniform strategy and streamlining of efforts. This uniform training would ensure cohesiveness between the NE States Police and add to effective control of crime, and help to check the menace of crimes like narcotics and human trafficking that afflicts the North East,” Sangma said.

Meghalaya CM attends passing out parade at NEPA

Further, Cheif Minister congratulated the 196 trainees who have successfully completed their training and would embark on a new chapter of their lives in the service of the nation.  “I also congratulate the proud parents and family members who have come here today from across the North East – from Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram and Tripura – to witness your passing out. It is truly a proud moment for them and I am sure you will continue to make them proud by your actions throughout your service.”

It may be mentioned that the 196 trainees who are passing out today, hail from 5 States of the North East and have trained together and worked together as a team in the past 50 weeks to successfully pass out from the Academy.

“During your service, you will face many situations when you will be under tremendous pressure.  The varied ethnicity of the region and your personal identity will itself put a lot of pressure on you on account of perceived partisanship from various sections of the society. You must always ensure objective and impartial application of law and procedure so that you give no space for complaints of bias and partisanship. You must not only be fair but must also be seen to be fair,” he said.

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