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Fund cut will hit police modernisation, admits Odisha DGP


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.

DGP Sanjeev Marik and chief secretary GC Pati at a meeting in Bhubaneswar.  Pic: Biswaranjan
DGP Sanjeev Marik and chief secretary GC Pati at a meeting in Bhubaneswar.  Pic: Biswaranjan

“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.



  1. The material against DGP Sri Marik has obviously been given by Ex-DGP Sri M M Prahraj (now member SAT) and his follower Sudhanshu Sarangi IPS as they want to install their man sri K B Singh as DGP. Though they have supplied all documents, factual errors have been committed in base papers. Demanding more budget has never been unusual or sign of revolt. Every state receives central grant and demands further grant. From Odisha itself CM writes letter every month to demand funds for various departments. We are still requesting for Phailin cyclone grant. Similarly in each department, every subordinate officer demands extra grant & help and returns excess money. That has been the rule and has never been considered revolt in at least 10000 years of world history. Coming to personal allegations against sri Marik, he had only provided transport to persons who wanted to meet persons lodged in Bhadrak jail. That is provided in jail manual and was permitted by IGP Prisons sri V Thiagrajan. Without his permission, no body can meet any jail inmate. If it is a crime, jail superintendent and IGP Prisons are bigger criminals. Supreme court also has given long guideline to protect human rights of prisoners. Anybody arrested by police has to be given opportunity to meet his friends and lawyers to get legal help as he might be arrested just on suspicion without proof. If arrested person is from other police station, his friends have no means to know about his arrest. In that case, it is duty of police to inform his family/friends. The data supplied by Prahraj/Sarangi is about their own period as DGP and IGP (Ops). CAG report of March 2011 is about that period only which states that all weapons purchased are lying in OSAP 6th Batalion, Cuttack. Next CAG report is also for period of Sri Prakash Mishra who is being projected as Godly compared to Marik as Devil-(1) Rs 91 crores were spent for 46 PS buildings for which no land exists. (2) in June 2013, Rs 112 crores were given by Sri Anil Goswami, OSD in Union Home Ministry (Became Home Secretary after this good work?) for Fortification of 56 PS buildings in addition to equal amount lying unutilized. Till today, no body in country has any idea as to how old police station buildings are to be fortified nor there is any plan or estimate. This being largest case of 100% corruption, Prakash Mishra was being found most suitable by Anil Goswami for all posts under central govt.

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