CM stresses on making policing more transparent, accountable

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday said
that the police leadership should focus on making policing more and more
service oriented, transparent and accountable. 

The Chief Minister was speaking at the closing ceremony of
senior police officers conference here.
He asked the top cops to be extra vigil to prevent crimes
against women and children. 
“Similarly, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and other less
privileged sections of society need to be dealt with great care, empathy and
concern. We should take proactive measures in protecting them. This would go a
long way in improving the overall image of the Police force in the eyes of the
society,” said Patnaik. 
The capacity building of the Police should strongly factor
using advanced technologies which will result in quicker response, faster
investigation, higher conviction rates, and better public order management.
The Chief Minister also stressed on new strategies to meet
the Maoist challenges in future. 
“Unless the menace is curbed effectively, development of
these areas will continue to suffer. Cash rewards have been declared for
surrender and arrest of 514 identified Maoists leaders and cadres operating in
the State,” observed Patnaik.
The Chief Minister also informed that a massive recruitment
drive has been undertaken to augment the strength of Police in the State. About
6300 Constables, Sepoys, Assistant Drivers have been recruited during the year.
313 posts in different ranks of Police have been created to man the new police
stations in Western Odisha particularly in the districts of Bolangir, Bargarh,
Nuapada and Kalahandi. 1200 posts have been sanctioned in the first phase to
raise the Odisha Industrial Security force to meet the much needed requirement
of the industries in the State.
Besides, to curb the trafficking of women and children, 84
posts have been created for the existing 12 Integrated Anti-Human Trafficking
Units. Further, 25 more Integrated Anti-Human Trafficking Units have been
sanctioned to cover all the Districts. 537 posts of Sub-Inspectors have been
created to strengthen the Mahila and Sisu desks functioning in all the Police
Stations of the State. The Odisha Poison Rule 2013 has been formulated to
restrict and regulate the Sale and Storage of Acids to prevent acid attacks.
Further, compensation to the acid attack victims has been enhanced to Rupees 3
lakhs under Victim Compensation Scheme. To eradicate the age old evil practice
of Witchcraft and to achieve security and dignity of the Women, Odisha
Prevention of Witch Hunting Bill 2013 has been enacted.

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