STATEMENT OF HON’BLE CHIEF MINISTER, ODISHA DURING DISCUSSION ON DEMAND OF GRANTS RELATING TO HOME AND GENERAL ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENTS ON 25.07.2014.


Law and order in the State has remained peaceful. The simultaneous General Election to the State Legislative Assembly and Parliament was conducted peacefully. The Urban Local Body elections in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Baripada, Bolangir and Titilagarh were held smoothly. There was no major communal incident. The Ratha Yatra of Lord Shri Jagannath was conducted smoothly and peacefully. There was no significant law and order incident relating to the students, services, industrial, labour or agrarian front.
In order to augment the strength of State police, 6243 posts in different ranks have been filled up by way of direct recruitment during 2013. 3188 posts have also been created during the year 2013-14. 4009 tribal youths recruited as Special Police Officers, have been absorbed as Constables in the Odisha Auxiliary Police Force. The allowances for Home Guards, Gramrakhis, Police, Prison and Fire services personnel have been enhanced.
Hon’ble MLA from Brajarajnagar raised the issue of crime against women. In order to ensure prompt and proper investigation and expedite prosecution in crime against women, various steps have been taken. FIRs concerning offences against women can be lodged in any police station and then be transferred to the concerned police station for investigation. Special Prosecutors are now being appointed in sensitive cases. The victim compensation scheme has been suitably enlarged for providing necessary medical assistance and compensation to the woman and child victims. The Mahila and Sishu Desks are being strengthened with posts of Sub-Inspector being sanctioned for all police stations. Reception Centre-cum-Mahila and Sishu Desks are being constructed in all police stations in a phased manner.
Naveen Pattanayak
Hon’ble Leader of Opposition has expressed his concern over the rate of conviction. My Government is taking a number of steps to improve the rate of conviction in the State. The State Government have moved the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) for recruitment of more than 200 Cadre Prosecutors in the rank of Additional and Assistant Public Prosecutors. In addition, steps are being taken for engagement of “Holding Investigating Officers” at Sub-Divisional level in order to monitor the progress of trial of the cases charge sheeted and sub-judice in Court of Law. This includes timely production of prosecution witnesses, exhibits and documents so as to ensure that the prosecution case is properly presented in the trial court and all the evidence gathered during investigation is corroborated during trial. Besides, steps are being taken to provide Legal Consultants to District Superintendents of Police in order to guide the investigation and advise the Investigating Officers and help in framing charge sheets without any legal lacunae.
Hon’ble Leader of Opposition has also raised the issue of establishment of permanent Benches of the High Court. In this regard, I would like to inform the august House that I had written to the then Hon’ble Union Minister, Law & Justice, Government of India assuring him to provide adequate funds and infrastructure for establishment of High Court Benches in Western & Southern Odisha. I have also been intimated by Government of India that they are in communication with the Hon’ble Orissa High Court seeking their views on the matter.
To ensure easy accessibility of the public to public services and improve the public service delivery system, steps are being taken, as far as practicable, to make the boundaries of Police Stations co-terminus with those of the Blocks.
1808 posts of different ranks have been sanctioned for the Odisha Industrial Security Force (OISF) and steps are being taken to raise the force. Besides, taking into account the requirement of different industries, more posts will be created subsequently for guarding banks, currency chests, vital installations, dams, reservoirs etc.
CCTV surveillance system is under implementation in the capital city of Bhubaneswar. This will significantly boost the capacity of the police commissionerate in the areas of traffic management, crime control and management of law and order. CCTV surveillance system will be implemented in Puri Town in view of Nabakalebar.
Significant efforts have been made to upgrade the training capacity and the content of training to meet the multifarious challenges to policing with thrust on anti-extremist training to combat the Maoists and professional skill up-gradation training to enhance the investigative capacity.
The Biju Patnaik State Police Academy has been chosen as one of the few training institutions of the country to organize courses to develop Specialist Investigators and courses relating to various Police subjects.
The quantum and intensity of Maoist violence has declined in the State in 2013 and 2014 till date. A total of 128 Maoist related incidents have been reported in the State during this period, which includes 41 incidents of exchange of fire between the Maoists and the police. 28 Maoists have been killed, 158 have been arrested and 142 have surrendered. Security forces have also recovered large quantities of fire arms, explosive devices and other materials during the period.
My Government has remodeled its ‘Surrender & Rehabilitation Scheme’ with enhanced financial assistance with a view to encourage more number of Maoists to shun violence and join the mainstream. About Rupees three crores has been disbursed to the Maoist surrenderees under the scheme so far.
At present, 254 Fire Stations are functioning in 241 Blocks. Fire Stations in the remaining 73 uncovered Blocks will be opened after creation of necessary infrastructure. In order to prevent fire accidents in high-rise buildings, two more Hydraulic platforms are being procured.
Reflecting the commitment of the Government towards transparency and improving public services, the Right to Public Services Act, 2012 has been targeted to empower citizens and modernize governance. The Act has drawn about seven lakh applications from April to July this year, demonstrating its popularity. The scope of Right to Services would also be further expanded to cover more services. In every sector of Governance, it would be our endeavour to move from a need based to a Right based Governance and service delivery.
We do not believe in stage managing things or drama. People of our State know the commitment and sincerity with which my Government deals with issues concerning the State, including Left Wing Extremism. It is because of the sustained, intelligent hard work along with valour and sacrifice of Odisha Police that today Sabyasachi Panda is behind bars. Let us not belittle the sacrifice of security personnel who have lost their lives in our fight against Left Wing Extremism for narrow political ends. I can also tell those who like to politicize these sensitive issues that people of Odisha know very well as to who is doing what and with all humility, I would like to say that people have been repeatedly blessing our Government because “We believe more in deeds than in words”. We believe in sincere, committed hard work than in doing drama for narrow political ends.
We would always welcome constructive criticism and use the same for the welfare of people and our State.

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