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Naveen Lauds State Police


Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has appreciated the efforts of Odisha Police Force for its "people-centric" approach in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, and lauded its disaster response units for aiding in the restoration work in cyclone-hit West Bengal.

Mr.Patnaik, during a Video Conference, also thanked the Top Cops for their efforts in creating awareness about Novel Corona Virus(COVID-19) among people, and strictly enforcing lockdown norms to curb the spread of the dreaded virus. Chief Minister Secretary V Karthikeya Pandian was present in the Meet.

"I would like to mention here that despite the COVID-19 threat, our ODRAF (Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force) and Fire Service Personnel helped people in distress in Kolkata. Their service will be an inspiration for others. The entire country has appreciated their hard work," CM said.

The Chief Minister also said his policy of 'Zero walking inside Odisha' for migrants was implemented in letter and spirit.

"I must mention here that there was so much restrain and dignified conduct in the whole process. People at large saw a human face in police actions. We should carry forward this good work," CM said.

Chief Minister said the State Police should be very alert and face the situation professionally, while maintaining a "humane and people-centric approach".
 
He also asked the DGP to prepare a Plan of Action to make more manpower available at the police stations."This may be done in a fortnight with proper planning," CM said.
 
Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy, who also participated in the video conference, said police personnel are at the forefront of the battle against the pandemic.
 
"Adequate number of PPEs, masks is available for their use," CS pointed out.
 
State Police has requested the State Government to provide adequate number of masks, PPE, sanitizers and other materials for COVID-19 Pandemic.
 
DGP Abhay informed that police has collected a sum of Rs 1.25 crore as fine from people caught in public places without face masks across the state, a top police officer said on Friday.
He said that a total Rs 1,25,84,180 from people over violation of the mandatory mask use norm.
 The State Government has made wearing of mask compulsory. It increased the fine amount for offenders from Rs 200 to Rs 500. The penalty amount was also increased to Rs 1,000 after two repeated violations on mask use, the official said.
 
The DGP also said that Rs 11,74,350 has been collected from people who violated the social distancing norm and Rs 1,03,800 from offenders of night curfew norms imposed by the state government. The police have also collected a penalty of Rs 3,000 from violators of the week-end shutdown norms imposed in 11 districts, the DGP said.

He said apart from doing its regular duties, the Odisha police personnel are also engaged in creating awareness among the people on mask use, social distancing and repeated hand wash practice.

While implementing a directive issued by the chief minister on "zero walking inside Odisha for inter-state migrants", the DGP said the police undertook 524 trips in different vehicles to transport as many as 24,587 people and dropped them at different border points.

The police personnel also provide security to 8002 temporary medical camps set up by the State Government to lodge the migrant workers returning from different states since May 3.

 As many as 5,22,148 people have returned to the State by 11 June, official stats reveal.
 


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