Friday, December 05, 2008

'Steps to upgrade security preparedness'

Express News Service

First Published : 05 Dec 2008 07:41:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 05 Dec 2008 01:46:16 PM IS

TBHUBANESWAR: Under fire for the increased activities of the Naxalites in the State who have even reached the outskirts of the capital city, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced 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, the Chief Minister said that 2,100 tribal youths are being appointed as special police officers (SPOs) in the Naxalite-affected districts by relaxing educational and physical standards.

Naveen said that in order to attract ex-servicemen for contractual appointment for anti-Naxalite operations, their remuneration package has been substantially raised. The State Government has appointed an ex-army officer of the rank of Brigadier as the training advisor for the State police, he said, adding that 124 ex-servicemen had already been appointed.

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

The State Government has created 878 additional posts for special operation group (SOG), a force raised for anti-Naxalite operations. Besides, decision has been taken to locate one ‘COBRA’ battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Koraput district for anti-Naxalite operations, he said.

He said that newly recruited constables of the second and third India Reserve Battalions (IRBs) have been sent to six BSF training institutes for training.

One batch of trainees each has completed training in anti-extremist training units at Malkangiri and Rourkela.

Training for a fresh batch of newly recruited personnel will commence soon in the SOG training institute at Chandaka.

A massive recruitment drive has been undertaken to fill up 2,075 vacancies of constables in civil police and 541 sepoys in Orissa State Armed Police (OSAP) battalions. Orissa Staff Selection Commission (OSSC) 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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