State commissioner of excise, M. Patton, Friday called upon personnel of the excise department to inculcate the sense of punctuality, efficiency and discipline as it was a ‘weapon’ to tackle the social menace prevailing in the Naga society especially amongst the youth.
Speaking as guard of honour at the culmination parade of a weeklong short term refresher training for inspectors, assistant inspectors, head constables and constables held here at Dimapur State Stadium, the commissioner was of the view that though less in manpower in executing duties yet the personnel of the department should also know that it is an ‘law enforcing agency’ and should be able to give maximum input to the society as well as the state wherever one is posted.
Urging the personnel to have ‘sense of intelligence’ while executing their duties to maintain cordial relationship with Churches and NGOs including Naga Mother’s Association (NMA), who are the ‘backbone’ in implementing the prohibition act’1989, the commissioner also felt that 220 manpower in the department should make a difference by shouldering their duties for the welfare of the state.
Also speaking at the valedictory function, additional commissioner of excise, K.V Assumi, urged the trainees to respect their uniforms and be disciplined while executing their duties so as to garner ‘self respect’ at the same time felt they are looked upon as the ‘last hope of the state’ by Churches, NGOs and others in combating drugs, alcohol and other related substances.
Terming the personnel as ‘Light of Nagaland’, Assumi enlightened the personnel that the state government was spending huge amount for the department including giving a facelift by installing modern hi-tech gadgets and other amenities for which the state government expects the same by way of being dedicated and efficient so as to give ‘transparency’ to the public.
Highlighting that the department had almost completed three storey building of the excise housing complex within the departmental land plot and to be followed by more building that is estimated at Rs.5 Crores, the additional commissioner said the complex constructed under negotiated loan from Housing and Urban Development Cooperation (HUDCO) would provide basic amenities including restaurants.
It may be mentioned here that the weeklong training was participated by 50 trainees including five females of the excise department from across the state with four instructors where they imparted trainings on physical drill, knowledge, discipline, responsibility, field services, maintenance of cash and Malkhana and theory classes.