Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Tuesday flagged off 12 more GPS-enabled vehicles for Highway Patrol for the third phase at Darbar Hall of CM secretariat.
The 12 patrol vehicles will be operating along the highways in five districts namely Tamenglong, Noney, Kangpokpi, Senapati and Tengnoupal.
The vehicles include three each for Tamenglong and Noney and two each for Kangpokpi, Senapati and Tengnoupal.
With this, the state has now been equipped with 22 GPS-enabled highway patrol vehicles; five of such vehicles were launched earlier each in May and June this year.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that the patrol vehicles carrying the police personnel will keep strict vigil along the highways.
He stated that the move will be significant in curbing crimes and extortions meted out against truckers or common people by miscreants.
Saying that it will also help in building confidence and instilled a feeling of safety and security, CM Biren maintained that police modernisation is underway and personnel are becoming more people friendly.
Accordingly, the police department also needs the upgradation of infrastructures and equipment, he added.
The chief minister also announced that construction of 34 police outposts along the Indo-Myanmar border starting from Behiang in Churachandpur district to Jessami in Ukhrul district has commenced after approval from the Union Home Ministry.
He added that the police presence along the border areas will help in curbing illicit trafficking and infiltration of immigrants.
Meanwhile, the chief minister also said that the additional DG of BSF had sought his approval to be a part of the government’s War on Drugs campaign.
With the state government willing to accept the proposal of the border guarding security force, BSF troops are also likely to be involved in the crackdown on drugs in the state soon.
The chief minister also appealed to students not to misbehave and not exude high handedness.
When asked about the demand by STDCM for inclusion of indigenous Meetei/Meitei in the Scheduled Tribes list of India, Biren said that the cabinet has already discussed and the government is putting efforts to bring a consensus.
He also clarified that the government is drafting the rules and regulations for liquor legalisation and the groups and 'mothers' opposing the same will be duly consulted.