Guwahati: Violet Baruah, the Indian Police Services (IPS) officer, became the first woman to be promoted to Inspector General of Assam Police on Monday.
In an official announcement, the Ministry of the Interior of the Assam government promoted Baruah, who received the President’s Police Medal for Outstanding Service that year, to Chief Police Officer with effect from January 1, 2022.
The senior female IPS officer in the Assam Police Department, currently serving as the Assistant Inspector General of Police (BTAD) in Kokrajhar District, will be included on the Super Time Scale-II of IPS payment matrix, she added.
Baruah expressed her joy at the development and said that she always accepted every challenge that came with the work.
“I’ve never said no to a job or task in my career. Turning down a job has never been my style of work. That’s why I was away from Guwahati (where the state police headquarters are) for most of my tenure, ”she told PTI on the phone.
The senior police officer also received the President’s Medal for Meritorious Service in 2012.
Baruah, who joined the police force in 1992 as an officer in the Assam Police Service and was nominated for IPS in 2004, said that gender empowerment is happening everywhere, but that “gender mainstreaming” is the order of the day.
“It also requires initiative. I personally chose a job in the field and I had no barriers. A lot of women have volunteered to join the police these days, but I think more should come, ”she added.
The 59-year-old officer had served as police superintendent in four counties – Morigaon, Goalpara, Cachar and Barpeta – and worked in the CID wing of Assam police.
Together with Baruah, eight other DIGs of the state police were promoted to the rank of IG, according to the government announcement.
They are Anand Prakash Tiwari, Diganta Barah, Lachit Barua, Deboraj Upadhaya, Mridulananda Sarma, Dilip Kumar Dey, Prasanta Kumar Bhuyan, and Nitul Gogoi, she added.