Assam Cabinet: The Assam government decided on Wednesday to convert Thana-level Nagrik Committees into community liaison groups in order to improve the delivery of citizen-centric services and the police force’s responsiveness.
It also decided to create temporary senior-level Assam Civil Services (ACS) posts to improve administrative efficiency, while also revising judicial officer pay.
The decisions were made during a Cabinet meeting here, which was presided over by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
The Cabinet approved the reconstitution of Thana-level Nagrik Committees (citizen committees at police stations) so that they can primarily serve as community liaison groups for their respective police stations.
The groups will facilitate the timely delivery of citizen-centric police services, ensure police responsiveness to grievances registered in police stations, and investigate incidents of alleged misbehavior.
These will also provide information and feedback from the community to help improve policing and raise public awareness about important social issues.
In today’s #AssamCabinet, we took several decisions pertaining to formation of Nagrik committees for police-public coordination, Senior Grade-I for ACS officers, revised pay of Judicial Officers, remuneration for PRI members, civic body election rules, etc. pic.twitter.com/OiXyjduwP9
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) November 16, 2022
The Assam government has approved the creation of 72 temporary posts at senior Grade-I of the Assam Civil Services to accommodate 72 ACS officers in order to strengthen the organizational structure of various departments and increase administrative efficiency.
Aside from the 72 positions, there will be 250 Senior Grade-I ACS officers (current strength 178), with the shortfall made up by promoting 72 eligible Senior Grade-II officers from 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, and 2004 batches.
The proposed 72 temporary positions are for promoted officers. Once an officer is adjusted against regular SG-I vacancies or promoted to Selection Grade, the officer’s temporary SG-I post will be reverted to SG-II.
The government has also decided to re-establish thana-level Nagrik Committees to serve as a platform for police and public coordination.
The committee, which will be formed under Section 11 sub-clause 5 of the Assam Police Act, will primarily serve as a community liaison group for the respective police stations.