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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 28:

The Odisha government today claimed that the overall crime situation in the state has remained under control as compared to last year’s figures.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said during Home Department’s budgetary discussion in the state Assembly.

“During the year 2016, no significant increase in cases has been registered in comparison to 2015. Special public prosecutors are being engaged for successful prosecution of the sensational cases. To strengthen the criminal justice system, recruitment for 200 posts in different ranks of prosecutors is being undertaken by the Odisha Public Service Commission. We have taken steps for establishment of a cyber forensic unit,” Patnaik said.

Augmenting capacity of police force has been priority of the government.  Nearly 800 Sub Inspectors have been recruited and recruitment of more 670 Sub Inspectors is in process. 1370 constables of Odisha Industrial Security Force have been recruited. During the current year, 24 OPS officers have been selected by Odisha Public Service Commission. Similarly, in Fire Services, 48 Station Officers, 934 Fireman, and 108 Fireman Drivers have been recruited. In addition to seven Investigation Units for Crime Against Women for exclusive investigation of crime against women, 22 more units with sanction of 330 posts in different ranks have been created for extensive coverage of other districts, Patnaik added.

On othe other hand, the Opposition members staged a walkout amid Patnaik’s speech expressing their dissatisfaction over the statement.

The House today passed a combined demand of Rs 4666.64 crore for Home and General Administraiton departments.