Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Pranab Nanda took charge as the new Director General of Police (DGP) of the state, replacing Dr Muktesh Chander.
“Whatever programmes that are going on I will continue, which benefit the government of Goa and the people of Goa. So the priority remains people of Goa,” said Nanda while interacting with media at the police headquarters on Friday after taking the charge.
A 1988 batch officer of AGMUT cadre, Nanda said that he was in the Intelligence Bureau (IB) for nearly 20 years.
“I have been there for a very long time, half of my career has been in IB. It’s a good opportunity for me also to get back. So it’s a nice feeling,” he said.
He said that Goa is a very important tourist destination and people from around the world come here.
“The safety of the people and their well being including that of tourists is of paramount importance. We will be looking after that,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Chander highlighted various step taken by the Goa police.
He said that there is 58 per cent rise in cases of crime involving foreigners or illegal stay in Goa.
“We have worked hard to curb drug menace and had launched war against drugs. In 2015, there were 61 cases which increased to 222 in 2018. There is 58 per cent increase in action against foreigners indulging in crime or found staying without valid travel documents,” said Chander.
Earlier, the outgoing DGP Dr Chander was presented guard of honor and later Nanda was also presented guard of honor after his arrival at the police headquarters in the city.