August 6, 2012
CM inaugurates Siliguri police hub
Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the Siliguri police commissionerate at Mallaguri on Sunday evening. It will be in charge of the five police stations at Siliguri, Matigara, Pradhannagar, Bhaktinagar and Bagdogra. The area under its control is nearly 640 square km, which has a population of about 10.20 lakh. The first commissioner of police, Siliguri, will be Anand Kumar who was the SP, DIB, Darjeeling.
To start with, the commissionerate – the sixth in the state after Kolkata, Howrah, Barrackpore, Saltlake and Durgapur-Asansol – will have about 900 personnel. The strength will later be increased to 2,200. It will also recruit 'green police' personnel, Ms. Mamata Banerjee said.
“Since we took over, 40,000 policemen have been recruited. Nearly 15,700 of them are from Jangalmahal alone. We are also planning a village police (gramin police) force who will be in charge of security at villages. We plan to recruit about 3,500 personnel for this. We will also set up 65 all women police stations in the state. Ten of them have already been set up. Our aim is to complete the unfinished work of 34 years in five,” CM said
CM Ms. Mamata Banerjee and Union Railway Minister also inaugurated the Railway Recruitment Board's office at Siliguri. The office building will be known as Deshbandhu Bhavan and help the youth from the region in getting jobs in the railways.
“I will return here within a month. We will set up an ESI hospital and inaugurate the Jalpaiguri bench of the Calcutta high court. Both the Hills and the plains are smiling today. We have achieved what the past government could not in 34 yearsThere are some people who are trying to thwart our attempts to develop the state. They will not succeed,” CM said.