As many as 39 meritorious sportspersons including 30 women and 9 men were inducted into Odisha Police Service on Saturday with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announcing continued support to athletes in every possible manner to enable them to achieve their dreams.
Congratulating the newly-appointed personnel, the Chief Minister said, “It’s a big moment for you to join a job and share the responsibilities of your families. I am sure your parents and families are proud of your achievement. It requires lot of passion, discipline and hard work to excel in sports.”
“We have embarked on a journey to make Odisha a sports powerhouse. In the last few years, Odisha has featured prominently in the sports sector in the country. We have successfully hosted a number of national and international events. Hockey World Cup 2018 and Asian Athletics championship 2017 have been a great success for the State,” he said.
Stating that the State is investing more than Rs 1000 crores in developing the sports infrastructure, he added that we are building India’s largest hockey stadium in Rourkela for the Hockey World Cup in 2023.
On the state’s strategy in sports, he said that we have partnered with Corporates and eminent sportspersons to start High Performance centres. Coaching at the grassroots level and sports education in schools is a major focus area to develop sports across the state, he added.
The Chief Minister launched the extension of e-FIR under the 5T initiative for public place theft. It will help people in lodging FIR relating to chain snatching, laptop, mobile theft etc at public places. They need not go to any police station and lodge an FIR from any place any time in virtual police station at State Crime Record Bureau. The complainant will also get an SMs alert on the progress of the investigation.
Earlier, 96 sportspersons were appointed in various ranks of Odisha Police in 6 phases.