‘Habitual Drinkers’: Voluntary Retirement Offered To 300 Assam Cops

Guwahati: Around 300 officers of Assam Police are being offered voluntary retirement.

The reason?

They are “habitual drinkers”, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Sunday.

The process has already been started and fresh recruitment will take place to fill the vacancies, reported PTI.

“About 300 officers and jawans are habitual drinkers, and consumption of too much alcohol has damaged their bodies. The government has a provision of voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) for them. It is an old rule, but we had not implemented it earlier,” stated Biswa Sarma, who is also the state’s Home minister.

Biswa Sarma said he is working on decentralisation of governance.

The process for opening offices with powers that were previously vested with deputy commissioners’ office in all 126 legislative assembly constituency areas has already been set in motion.

“We are trying to ensure people don’t have to travel to the district headquarters for work at the DC’s office, and that the DC’s office is available in every LAC area. The DCs will look after law and order, and they will be given different responsibilities,” Biswa Sarma explained.

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