GUWAHATI, July 31 – At a time when the State Government is harping on e-governance, the Assam Police website cuts a very sorry figure in keeping the people informed.The Assam Police website has a news flash segment where one can expect to find the latest news. But if one tries to get information, he or she will be hugely disappointed as the last news updated in the segment was on observance of vigilance awareness week and that was uploaded way back on November 8 last year.
The news before that available in the news flash segment was that of October 6 when police rescued a few kidnapped persons.
Similarly, there is a Press release segment in the website where the releases issued by the Assam Police should be available. But the last release uploaded in the website was that of mourning the death of former DGP HS Chittaranjan and the same was uploaded on October 6 last year.
If one tries to keep himself informed by visiting the Assam Police website, he would feel that nothing has happened in the State for the last 10 months. The media also is facing problems in getting information because of the failure of the Assam Police to keep its website updated.
Interestingly, as a part of its modernisation drive, steps have been taken to computerise all the police stations in a phased manner but from the failure of the police to keep its website updated with latest information, it remains to be seen whether the police stations would be able to make best use of the computers to be made available to them.