Friday, December 05, 2008

Orissa Police banks on modernisation to combat Maoists

By Dipti Ranjan Kanungo
Last updated: 12/05/2008 00:03:50

Bhubaneswar(Orissa): In the wake of increasing Maoist activities in the State, the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced in the house that steps are being taken to upgrade the security preparedness of the forces and make them more effective.

Replying to the debate on the home department supplementary Budget in the assembly on Thursday , the Chief minister said that 2,100 tribal youths are being appointed as special police officer(SPOs) in the Maoist-affected districts by relaxing educational and physical standards.

Chief minister further said that in order to attract ex-servicemen for contractual appointment in anti- Maoist operations, their remuneration package has been substantially raised .

The State government has appointed an- ex army officer of Brigadier Rank as the training advisor for the state police adding as many as 124 ex-servicemen have already been appointed.

The Chief Minister said that fortification of 142 police stations and 41 armouries had already started. A decision was taken to fortify 115 urban and 305 rural police stations in phases after the Nayagarh attack in February this year.

The State Government has also created 878 additional posts for Special Operation Group (SOG), a force raised for anti-Maoist operations. Besides decision has also been taken to station one “COBRA” BATALION OF Central Reserve Police Force. (CRPF) in Koraput district for anti-Maoist operation, he said.

He said that newly recruited constables of second and third India Reserve Battalion (IRB) have been sent to six BSF training institutes for training units at Malkangiri and Rourkela.

Training for the fresh batch of newly recruited personnel will commence soon in the SOG training institute at Chandaka. A massive recruitment drive has also been launched to fill up 2,075 Constable posts in civil police and 541 Sepoy in Orissa State Armed Police (OSAP) battalions.

Orissa Staff Selection Commission has been moved for immediate recruitment of 319 sub-inspectors,35 sergeants and 160 deputy subedars which constitute the leadership positions at the cutting edge level of the police force.

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