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SIVASAGAR, February 7: A son of Sivasagar and an IPS officer by profession, Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, once again made the soil proud with his achievement. Mahanta was among the 11 joint secretaries who were appointed by the Central Government in various ministries recently.
Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, 1988 batch Assam cadre IPS, has been appointed as joint secretary in the department of heavy industries. With this new posting, Mahanta became the first IPS officer who was made a joint secretary in the department of heavy industry.
To celebrate the achievement of Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, Sibsagar tya Samaj, on behalf of the people of Sivasagar and in collaboration with Seujia Samaj Sangeet Mahavidyalay and Chau-Lung Syukafa Indoor Stadium Magement Committee felicitated Mahanta at Sibasagar tya Mandir recently.
Mahanta passed HSLC from Govt. Higher Secondary School, Sivasagar in the year 1977 and achieved all Assam second rank in the HS examition with highest mark in Economics from Vivekanda Vidyalaya, Digboi. He passed BA in Political Science from Ramjas College, Delhi and then MA in Social Works from Delhi School of Economics. He was selected for Indian Information Service in the 1986 and for Indian Police Service in 1987.
After serving as Superintendent of Police in several districts of Assam and as DIG in Assam Police, he worked as the Inspector General of Training & Armed Police in Assam. Then he was promoted to ADGP and posted as ADGP (Admn). He is currently serving his duty as ADGP (Railway Police).
Mahanta was credited for his service and honoured with President’s Gold Medal, chief of the Army Staff Gold Medal, Chief Minister’s Medal for Outstanding Service in 2008 and other gallantry awards.
Mahanta, who was born at Borkhatpar Xatra, Konwerpur in Sivasagar district, also got an envious opportunity to get special police training from the Scotland Yard and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was declared as ‘Action Hero of the Country’ by the famous magazine India Today in the year 2010. Moreover, he is the man behind the very successful project ‘AASWAS’, an Assam Police project run for the benefit of children hit by terrorist violence.
Mahanta, who has books like Xatras and Dargahs of Assam to his credit, is also director and script writer of many tele films and documentaries. He is also the director of Yugadrashta-The Visiory, a short film based on the life and times of the great reformer freedom fighter Pitambar Deva Goswami, Xatradhikar of Garmur Xatra, and Rebellion Bejewelled, a documentary on the life of a former ULFA militant who later devoted his life to community development.
The felicitation function, which was attended by many leading citizens, litterateurs, jourlists, student leaders and NSD students include Dhirendra th Bhuyan, Saurav Chaliha, Lakhi Kanta Mahanta, Sankarlal Agarwalla, Arati Baruah, Robin Kotoky, Debabala Gogoi, Pradip Borgohain, Manirul Islam Bora, Sanjb Dey, Utpala Das and many others.