Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 8:
Maoist situation is improving in Odisha as compared to some of its immediate neighbours. As of September this year, there have been 51 Maoist related incidents with 18 deaths of civilian and security personnel in the state, whereas there have been 346 incidents with 75 deaths in Chhatisgarh and 170 incidents with 23 deaths in .
The information was provided by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the state Assembly today; where he stressed that Maoist activity and violence has substantially declined in Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Gajapati, Ganjam, Nabarangpur, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Sundargarh and Nayagarh districts.
Highlighting the success of his government in managing the Maoist situation, the Chief Minister highlighted that 63 Maoist cadres/militias have surrendered in the state this year. Further, 1034 villagers, including many active militias and Village Committee Members of Malkangiri district have withdrawn their support to Maoists.
To improve the law and order situation further, the State Government has created 1572 number of posts across various police ranks. While 1370 Constables have already been recruited, Odisha Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is in the process of recruiting 1002 Sub-Inspectors, 84 Deputy Subedars and 57 Police Sergeants. To carry out specialized investigation in the cases of crime against women, 105 posts in different ranks have been sanctioned. Seven investigating units would be established in seven districts this year to investigate crime against women, said the Chief Minister.
Replying to the improvement in prosecution issue raised by Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra, Patnaik stated that, “the present system of supervision of the prosecutors by both Home and Law Departments is being reviewed to achieve greater professionalism and accountability of the prosecutors. District Level Standing Committees headed by Superintendents of Police are asked to review the acquittal orders to appreciate the reasons leading to acquittal and suggest remedial measures. Accountability is being fixed for ineffective investigation and departmental action taken against erring investigators. For expeditious trial of cases of atrocity against ST&SC three special Courts at Bolangir, Balasore and Cuttack have been made functional”.
The Chief Minister also boasted of CCTNS (Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System) Project that has connected all the Police Stations and higher offices in the state. There are also plans to include the e-Courts, e-Prison, e-Prosecution under the purview of CCTNS Project.
On Coastal Security front, all the 18 marine police stations along the Odisha Coast have been made functional. While there are 282 Fire Stations covering 261 Blocks as of now, services in the remaining 53 uncovered blocks will be opened soon, said Patnaik.