Only 1550 VDF personnel out of 10,050 trained at Pangai training centre

IMPHAL, July 3: Out of the total number of 10,050 Village Defence Force (VDF) personnel in the state, only 1550 were provided training at Manipur Police Training Centre, Pangai, the only police training centre in the state, according to the Annual Administrative Report 2012-2013 of the Manipur police department tabled during the ongoing session of the 10th Manipur Legislative Assembly.

The Police Training Centre, Pangei was established in the January 2, 1967 by retd Inspector General of Police (IGP) W Damudor Singh, IPS as the officer-in-charge of the training centre. Later, the training centre was upgraded in October 22nd, 1972 as the Manipur Police Training School (MPTS).

As a part of the upgradation process, instead of an Officer-in-Charge, a Principal of the school was appointed and on January 2, 2005, the post of the Principal was further changed to a Director.

In September 23, 2009, MPTS was again upgraded to the level of a college.

The Pangei centre has been training police constables (Male/Female) of the Manipur Police Department, Manipur Rifles, Wireless staff, Home Guards, CMTW staffs, IRBs, Jail staffs, Assembly security personnel and even BSF personnel from time to time.

The VDF members were also given training for two months at the centre.

However, according to the annual Administrative Report 2012-2013 of Manipur Police Department, only 1550 VDF members were given training at the police training centre in the state out of the total number of 10,050 deployed in the nine districts of the state by the Manipur police department.

This poses the question of where the remaining 8,500 VDFs have been trained, as MPTC, Pangei is the only police training centre in the state. In case they have not been trained elsewhere, it would mean that the remaining VDFs have inducted without providing any training at all.

Thongju Kendra MLA Th Biswajit Singh had raised a question in the House on July 1 asking if there was any future scope or service protection for the VDFs while suggesting to use them by providing proper training.

Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam replying to the question had said that there is no service protection for the VDFs and their service is only for one year period and extended every year. Two to three months basic training is given to the VDFs, the Dy CM had added.

Meanwhile, 2500 VDFs are deployed in Thoubal district which has only 10 Assembly constituencies while only 2050 VDFs are deployed in Imphal West district which has 14 Assembly constituencies.  Further, 2050 VDFs are deployed in Imphal East district, 1350 in Bishnupur, 600 in Churachandpur, 600 in Senapati, 300 in Chandel, 300 in Tamenglong and 300 in Ukhrul.

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