Meghalaya: Renewed Challenge
By Veronica Khangchian
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management
On January 27, 2014, Meghalaya got central clearance to form its own special multi-task Police Force, christened ‘Special Force 10’, to deal with internal security challenges ranging from militancy to disaster management. The sanctioned strength of the Force is 1,795, including support staff. One company of the Force will be fully reserved for women. Justifying the creation of the State's own 'special Force', Chief Minister Mukul Sangma stated that, in the past, the State Government had to "run from pillar to post" to convince the Centre to deploy paramilitary Forces in the State during adverse situations. The State's Home Minister, Roshan Warjri, added that ‘Special Force 10’ would not only be tasked with counter insurgency operations, but would also be deployed to tackle riots, communal disharmony and various agitations.