Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 8:
As per a new order issued by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, senior police officers of the state will have to make district visits like senior IAS officers of the state during the first week of every month to make field assessments.
Apart from inspecting police stations, they will have to visit some of the complainants and assess the performance of the police. The Chief Minister will review the outcome of these visits. The Chief Minister said so while addressing top police officers of the state in the annual Senior Police Officers’ Conference here today.
“I have instructed senior police officers to make district visits during the first week of every month for an on-field assessment of the situation at the ground level,” said Patnaik speaking to reporters outside the venue.
He expressed concern over violence against women and children and asked the SPs to personally monitor the progress of investigation in these cases. The Mahila and Sishu desks, the Integrated Anti-human Trafficking Units and the Women Cells are excellent initiatives. They should be fully implemented and activated, said Patnaik.
Speaking about the high acquittal rate in the state, he informed that the recently created District Level Standing Committees have started reviewing the acquittal orders but are yet to fix responsibility for poor performance.
“Disciplinary proceedings should be initiated against poor investigation and prosecution. The Home department is taking steps to improve the prosecution system by recruitment of Government Prosecutors and to enhance the disciplinary control of the Director of Public Prosecutions. The investigation by the police officials in the Police Stations needs improvement with regular training and capacity building. The CCTNS, which has been much delayed in implementation, needs to be expedited,” the Chief Minister added.
“We decided to take action against the anti-social, tender mafia, transport mafia to make police more public friendly. Necessary steps are being taken to improve the investigation, better training and fill up the vacancies and modernize the police,” said Police DG KB Singh speaking to reporters.