‘Ama Police Samiti’ extended to all police stations in Odisha


Cuttack, Sep 8: In view of growing incidents of crime against
senior citizens in the State, ‘Ama Police Samiti’, a concept practiced in urban
police stations of the State to take special care for the safety and security
of senior citizens, will now be extended to other parts of Odisha.

Director General of Police (DGP) KB Singh on Thursday instructed
all district SPs and DCPs to take initiatives to instill a sense of security
among the Senior Citizens residing within its jurisdiction.
“The DGP has asked SPs and DCPs to identify the “Ama
Police Samitis” constituted under Urban Police Stations in their
jurisdiction and take senior citizen centric activities for a better and safer
living of senior citizens.” stated a statement of State police headquarters.
As per the circular, registration of all interested senior citizens
should be done in prescribed proforma while a specific registration number shall
be allotted to the registered senior citizens for future reference. Wide
publicity shall be made to encourage such registration.
It further asked the police officials to provide a copy of “Dos
and do nots” to the registered senior citizens.
Roping in the local NGOs for support, the officers of senior
citizen security cell shall visit some of the registered members every week to
look for their houses’ physical security and verify the status of the domestic
helps, if engaged, the statement said. 
The verification shall be made in the prescribed form
supplied earlier from the State Police Headquarters.
Under the Maintenance and Welfare of Senior Citizen Act of
2007 and subsequent Rules of 2009, the Urban Police Department (UPD) first
formed the ‘Samitis’ in all the police stations of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar
Commissionerate to instil a sense of security among the senior citizens.

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