Guwahati: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, while attending passing out parade of the 178th batch of 1,715 successful un-armed and recruit constables at Lachit Borphukan police academy in Dergaon on Thursday, commented that the State is moving on the path of peace and progress because of the unstinted contribution of Assam police personnel.

Paying tributes to the sacrifice of Assam police force, Sarma added that the government has been working to equip the force with latest technological interventions to help the personnel to deal with the modern day crime. He also announced that the government is recruiting another 6,337 youth on 11 May next.

Congratulating the successful constables, Sarma asked them to use their power to help the weaker and underprivileged sections in the society. He, however, asked them to be hard on the anti-social elements and work together in wiping out crimes and their manifestations in the society. He also advised them to upkeep their professionalism and helping attitude in spite of all challenges.

Sarma asked the constables to refrain from using any intoxicating substances and maintain their fitness by adhering to a strict fitness and diet regime. In presence of State ministers Keshab Mahanta, Ajanta Neog, Atul Bora with State chief secretary Paban Kumar Borthakur and State police chief GP Singh and a host of other dignitaries, Sarma also presented awards to Utpal Patoway, Mitali Das and Rima Pegu.