Centre Sanctions Security Spending

With the Union Government sanctioned over Rs.65 Crore funding for Odisha on Security Related Expenditure (SRE) the Odisha Police has been asked to go ahead with the implementation on a time bound manner.

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has approved the SRE Action Plan of Odisha Police and has sanctioned Rs.65.18 Crore, said a senior official of Department of Home.

Now the State Government has asked State Police to implement the program on Fast Track Basis.

Earlier State Police Headquarters presented the Action Plan for SRE, which was sent by the State Government to MHA for approval, which has recently been accorded.

Now State Police will go ahead with SRE Spending in the Maoist Affected Districts and accordingly ADG Operations will work out the details, said sources.

While Odisha Police is achieving significant successes in Anti-Maoist front, the experts are harping on Out Of Turn Promotion for Security Force Personnel exhibiting rare and exceptional courage and bravery in the Operations against Red Rebel.

Similarly special allowances are needed to be provided along with enhanced risk allowance to the constables, sepoys and jawans of district Voluntary Force (DVF) working on contractual basis.

These young forces are really hard working and helping out the State Police in a befitting manner, admits Top Cop engaged in Anti-Maoist Operations.

Sources said that State Police has achieved success in neutralizing the Maoists and arresting some of the hardcore Red Rebels.

While in 2017, only 7 Maoists were neutralized, in 2018 till date 13 Ultras have faced the bullets of Security Forces. These are hardcore Maoists and were in the Wanted List of the State Police.

These Maoists are neutralized in Malkangiri, Koraput, Kandhamal and Balangir.

This year till date 21 Maoists have been arrested and 8 have surrendered to the State Police.

Most importantly, neutralization of a hard core Maoist in Cut Off area of Malkangiri has given boost to the State Police as those areas were like Lal Garh of West Bengal, where Ultras are ruling the roost.

Now State Police is working out Action Plan for Cut Off area as Gurupriya bridge is completed and soon it will be opened for public. So those 115 villages will be connected to the mainland and those areas will get road connectivity.

So more number of Security Forces will be deployed in those areas and both State Police and BSF Jawans will be deployed in a an organized manner, said sources.

In order to provide qualitative training and sharpen training process of the jawans for Anti-Maoist Operations in the Counter Insurgency and Anti-Terrorism (CIAT) Schools, a move is on to appoint Retired Colonel from Indian Army.

Odisha has established three CIAT Schools and large number of jawans are given qualitative training to fight out the Maoists.

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