300 Assam Police personnel opt for voluntary retirement due to excessive alcohol consumption: Sarma

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The government has a provision for a voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) for approximately 300 officers and jawans who are habitual drinkers and have suffered physical damage due to excessive alcohol consumption.

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ASSAM: Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced on Sunday that around 300 officers of Assam Police, who are considered habitual drinkers, will be offered voluntary retirement.

The process of VRS has already commenced and new recruitment will be initiated to fill the vacancies.

According to Sarma, excessive alcohol consumption has led to physical damage to the bodies of these officers and jawans.

The government has a provision for VRS for such cases, which is an old rule but has not been implemented earlier. The Chief Minister, who also holds the home portfolio, disclosed this information to reporters on the sidelines of a programme.

The Chief Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, revealed that he is currently working on decentralising governance in the state.

He has initiated the process of opening offices with the powers previously held by the deputy commissioners’ office in all 126 legislative assembly constituency areas.

This step will ensure that people don’t have to travel to the district headquarters for work at the DC’s office and that the DC’s office will be accessible in every LAC area.

Sarma also mentioned that the DCs will be responsible for maintaining law and order and will be assigned different duties.

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