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  • Prisons personnel will be awarded with DG’s Disc for spectacular meritorious service
  • A total of 20 prisons personnel can be felicitated with the award in a year
  • The DG's Disc to be awarded shall be made of German Silver

The Odisha government has decided to honour prisons personnel in various ranks, who have rendered spectacular meritorious service, with the prestigious DG’s Disc Award. Hitherto, the award was being conferred on police personnel only. 

The State Home Department said a total of 20 prisons personnel can be felicitated with the award in a year.  

“After careful consideration, the Government has been pleased to institute a system of award of DG's Disc to the Prisons Personnel in various ranks, who have rendered spectacular meritorious service, not exceeding 20 in number in a year,” the Home Department said.  

The Home Department laid down following guidelines for the award: 

  • These discs shall be awarded by the Director General of Prisons and Director of Correctional Services, Odisha to Prison personnel every year and to allow the same to be awarded anytime during the year as and when an exceptional performance comes to light. 
  • The DG's Discs shall be awarded irrespective of the cash or other awards/rewards given to a person in the same year. 
  • The decision to award the DG's Disc will be taken by the Director General of Prisons & Director of Correctional Services, Odisha. Details of the spectacular meritorious service shall be reduced in writing and shall be certified by a Prison Officer, who has the direct knowledge of the rendering of such service. Such certificate shall also be counter signed by a superior Prison Officer. 
  • Where a person, selected for DO's Disc, is subsequently suspended/ proceeded against for any misconduct/anything adverse comes to the notice, before receiving the Disc, will be debarred from receipt of the Disc. 
  • The D.G. of Prisons and DCS, Odisha, who will be in over-all charge of implementation of this scheme of award of Disc may issue supplemental instructions, as and when required under intimation to Home Department, to facilitate smooth and orderly implementation of the scheme. 
  • The DG's Disc to be awarded shall be made of German Silver. The sample DG's Disc recommended by the State Prison Headquarters shall be finalised after approval of the Government. The expenditure incurred for the award of DG's Disc will be met from the existing budget provision under the unit Other Contingency.

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