Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 30:
Stung by the Centre’s decision to stop funding police modernisation in the state, Odisha Police on Wednesday said the Centre’s decision will hit infrastructure development activities.
“Stopping of funds for police modernisation will certainly hit the police force. For the last 15 years, the state has been receiving Rs 127 crore per annum under different heads which include mobility, equipment and infrastructure development. The Centre should review its decision,” Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjeev Marik told reporters after attending a meeting presided by Chief Secretary G C Pati.
The Centre, as per the recommendation of the Finance Commission, has stopped financial assistance to the state government for modernisation of the State Police as the Centre has increased the budget allocations of the state this year.
Besides Marik, state finance secretary R Balkrishnan and senior officials of the state Home department were present at the meeting.
Asked about the outcome of the meeting, Marik said “The state-level empowered committee headed by the Chief Secretary discussed all issues and the state government has assured us of all necessary assistance for the development of police force in Odisha.”
The meeting decided that the state government will continue to give give priority to the modernisation of the state police force as it has been doing for the last 15 years, he added.