Dehradeun, July 19, 2015

Chief Minister Harish Rawat said today that financial constraints would not become a barrier for modernisation, and upgrade of arms and equipment for better policing. He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of the state’s first indoor firing range at the police lines here.

The Chief Minister sanctioned Rs 1 crore for procuring advanced rifles for the indoor firing range. He instructed DGP BS Sidhu to draft a rotational transfer policy with an aim to overcome shortage of staff in every cell of the department.

Rawat announced Rs 4,600 and Rs 4,800 grade pay for sub-inspectors and inspectors, respectively.
He applauded the role of the State Disaster Response Team (SDRF) for saving the lives of stranded pilgrims and villagers during disasters on various occasions.

IG Garhwal Sanjay Gunjyal gave a detail presentation on the state’s first high altitude search and rescue (HASAR) police force, and the Mt Bhagirathi-II mountain expedition.

He said mountaineers successfully scaled the peak at an altitude of 21,365 feet on June 9 despite facing adverse conditions. The team of 21 mountaineers participated in the expedition from May 27 to June 12. Mountain expedition helps mountaineers to get acquainted with tough geographical conditions of the state and build camaraderie among team members. Gunjyal said the HASAR team had been equipped with the latest communication and mountaineering equipment that would prove extremely beneficial in acting swiftly in case of a disaster.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister flagged-off a HASAR team, and flagged in the Mt Bhagirathi-II mountain expedition. He felicitated policemen who won gold medals in international events.
Courtesy: The Tribune

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