Saturday, June 5, 2010

Training mandatory for promotion of police officers: Pillai

The government is making training mandatory for promotion of all police officers, Union Home Secretary GK Pillai said on Friday."We are giving highest stress on making sure that all officers undergo periodic training and at regular interval," he said after reviewing the performance of the North Eastern Police Academy (NEPA) in Shillong.Underlining regular training as an important component for officers, Pillai said there was a proposal to request state governments to send participants - officers in the ranks of deputy superintendents of police and sub-inspectors – as the participation in the courses being offered there was low.Pillai said the meeting was to review the performance of NEPA and consider the proposals recommended by the governing council of the institute for the upgradation of NEPA.He said a number of proposals were discussed, including construction of an auditorium, swimming pool and a clinic for doctors. The courses offered by the academy were also reviewed.Set up in 1978 by the Centre, the premier police training institute has been catering to the police training needs of the North Eastern states.

Significant progress in Naga talks: Pillai

There has been "significant progress" in the peace talks held between the Centre and the NSCN(IM) in Nagaland and the outfit has been invited for the next round of parleys in Delhi, Union Home Secretary G K Pillai said here."The talks have progressed well. The other day interlocutor R S Pandey and Mr Muivah met in Kohima. Thereafter they have issued a press statement. I do not need to say more, because they are the ones who are directly involved," Pillai said here."I think significant progress has been made in this round of talks," he said, adding, "Mr Muivah has been requested tocome forward for further talks".The Centre and the NSCN(IM) had on June 1 held peace talks for the first time in Nagaland where the contentious issue of integration of Naga-inhabited areas, as demanded by the outfit, came up.A 12-member NSCN(IM) team led by its general secretary T Muivah who participated in the nearly three-hour long talks acknowledged the difficulties of the Centre in certain areas on the Naga issue.