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Vikash Sharma

Amidst the Opposition outcry over the deteriorating law and order situation in the State, a whopping 11,000 posts are lying vacant in the Odisha Police. The shocking revelation was made by the Minister of State (Home) Dibya Shankar Mishra in the Odisha Assembly on Monday.

According to Mishra, 11,456 posts, out of the sanctioned 67,671 posts in the Odisha Police are lying vacant as on August 1, 2021. While replying to a written question of MLA Ganesh Ram Singh Khuntia, Mishra informed that out of the total 20 sanctioned DIG posts, 13 are remaining vacant. Similarly, 15 posts of SP (Superintendent of Police), out of sanctioned 63 posts, are lying vacant at present.

According to Mishra, 248 inspectors’ posts are vacant as there are 829 inspectors as against the sanctioned strength of 1077 in the State.

Earlier, Odisha Assembly Speaker SN Patro asked the Minister of State (Home) to hold discussions with the Director General (DG) of Police, DIG (Crime Branch) and Secretary, Home Department to review the proposals for setting up of new police stations and outposts in different parts of the State.

The Speaker’s ruling came following concerns expressed by 40 MLAs over the inordinate delay in the execution of several proposals regarding establishment of more police stations, outposts and upgradation of some police stations in the State.

As per the ruling, Mishra is slated to brief the House following meeting with the Odisha Police top brass in this regard. It is pertinent to mention here that around 60 MLAs had earlier submitted a proposal for setting up of 63 new police stations, 103 police outposts and upgrading three police stations in the State. However, despite the Speaker’s ruling and the concerned MLAs’ proposal, no step has been taken so far for execution.

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