Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the closing ceremony of 50th Himachal Pradesh Police Sports Meet held at Dharamshala in Kangra district here today said that one thousand Police personnel would be recruited in the State Police Department soon to ensure smooth functioning of the Department. He announced establishment of Police Housing Corporation in the State. He said that Rs. 50 crore would be provided for police housing in the State.Jai Ram Thakur said the nature of the police force was full of professional hazards, but also full of professional satisfaction. He said that the State being topographically difficult, policing in the State was quite challenging and demanding than other states. He said that the State was prone to several natural calamities and the police force always needed to remain vigilant to meet these natural challenges. He said that thus it becomes further more important to keep our police force fit and events of this magnitude plays a vital role in this direction.
The Chief Minister said that the State Government was committed to ensure welfare of the police force in the State. He said that the State Police was known for its dedication, hard work, honesty and commitment. He said that the State Government has decided to designate Honorary Head Constables and Head Constables completing 32 years of service as Honorary Assistant Sub Inspectors with honorarium in Police Department. He said that this would benefit hundreds of policemen in the State.Jai Ram Thakur said that the Union Government has sanctioned an Batallion of NDRF for the State so as to meet the challenges due to natural calamities. He said that the State Government would ensure better empowerment of Police Constables in the State.Chief Minister presented prizes to the winner of different events organised on the occasion. Northern Rage won First prize in Football, Central Range in Volleyball, Central Range in Basketball and South Range in Athletics.Constable Bhanu Prakash and Constable Dinesh Kumar was declared Best Athlete. Southern Range bagged overall best team in sports and athletics.
Chief Minister also released the souvenir brought out by the organisers of the Police Sports Meet on the occasion.Director General of Police S.R. Mardi while welcoming the Chief Minister and other dignitaries said that the three day sports meet has been quite successful as the sportspersons have exhibited their sportsman spirit and their talent in the event. He said that the State Police has made its presence felt in the National Level Police Meet by winning gold and silver medals in various events. He said that the State Police was committed to make the State Drug Free and for this a massive campaign has been launched in the State. He said that the State Police has destroyed cannabis from 21000 bighas land in the State. Urban Development Minister Sarveen Chaudhary, Health Minister Vipin Singh Parmar, Industries Minister Bikram Thakur, Vice Chairman General Industries Corporation Manohar Dhiman, Chairman KCCB Dr. Rajiv Bhardwaj, MLA Ravinder Dhiman, Former MLA Sanjay Chaudhary, Additional Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu, ADGP Law and Order Anurag Garg, senior officers of the Police Department were present on the occasion among others.