BHUBANESWAR: In a significant move to address the shortage of manpower in police stations in the state, chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday sanctioned 905 posts in different ranks for at least 220 police stations and six outposts. Naveen also approved the establishment of six new police stations that were proposed a few years ago.
The posts would be filled up through rationalization of manpower in the police force, which means that the 905 posts/vacancies in other establishments and anti-Naxal force of Odisha police would be surrendered and transferred in favour of the 220 police stations without causing additional financial burden on the government exchequer.
Significant improvement in the left-wing extremism (LWE) activities in several districts has helped the government in re-deploying its personnel in police stations.
The state government recently slipped into austerity mode in the wake of massive fall in the collection of revenue and imposed curbs on new appointments.
The government said the rationalization of the police force was imperative to enhance the skeletal strength of the police stations that are vital in the control of crime and delivery of essential services to the needy.
“Significant decline in the Maoist menace in different districts has enabled the state government to rationalize the manpower in police,” Naveen said in a written statement.
The state government recently declared five districts—Angul, Boudh, Sambalpur, Deogarh and Nayagarh—as Maoist-free belts. A total of 10 out of 30 districts in the state are now affected by the LWE menace. “We have rationalized most posts in those districts that do not require the deployment of more force any more. Vacancies against those posts have been transferred to police stations,” a senior police officer said.
Notably, the chief minister had asked the director general of police (DGP) Abhay to depute more personnel in police stations through rationalization. The 220 police stations that would get more manpower are spread across 21 police districts. At least 20 police stations in Balasore, 16 in Keonjhar, 15 in Ganjam, 10 in Bhubaneswar, 6 in Cuttack, 15 in Puri, 14 in Angul and 13 police stations in Bhubaneswar will get the additional cops.
“We are deeply grateful to @Naveen_Odisha for sanctioning 905 posts for 220 police stations of Odisha. This will help us in controlling crime and improving service delivery to residents,” DGP Abhay tweeted.
Currently, the state police have around 59,500 personnel as against the sanctioned strength of 67,150. The 621-odd police stations in the state have around 26,900 personnel against the sanctioned strength of 31,181. “Most of our vacancies exist in the ranks of inspector, sub-inspector and assistant sub-inspector, who are backbones of police stations. Though we have recruited nearly 4,700 personnel in various ranks in the last five years, we still have around 4,000 vacancies. While Odisha’s population stands at nearly 4.5 crore, only around 80 policemen are currently present in the state for one lakh population as against the sanction of 155 cops for one lakh population. The national average is around 160 per 1 lakh population.



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BHUBANESWAR: On popular demand, Udayraga, the online Odissi dance festival, will include other Indian classical dance forms, and contemporary dance and martial art, from Friday.
Dancers from across the world will participate and videos of their performances will be uploaded on organiser Orissa Dance Academy’s Facebook page and YouTube channel twice a week — Tuesday and Friday — at 8 pm instead of only Fridays.
While four days of the month will be devoted to solo performances by Odissi dancers, the remaining days will see performances by exponents of other forms.
The festival has been extended to March 2021 instead of the earlier December 2020.
Dancers will showcase Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Manipuri, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam, Sattriya and contemporary and martial art forms. Artists will be drawn from countries like the US, Japan, Bangladesh and those in Europe, along with different parts of India.
The new format was designed after the Indo-American Association, Houston, an organisation that promotes performing artists, approached danseuse Aruna Mohanty to promote other artists through Udayraga. “That’s when I drew upon my database of dancers and consulted senior dancers and organisations to select young and vibrant dancers and present them to the world in the digital mode,” said Aruna.
Dancer connoisseurs will be able to watch Odissi dancers Lipsa Satapathy, Sonali Mishra, Sridutta Bhol and Shibani Patnaik (US) on August 7, August 14, August 21 and August 28 respectively. Bharatnatyam danseuse Smrithi Krishnamoorthy (Chennai), Kathak dancer Rupanshi Kashyap (Ahmedabad) and Manipuri exponent Sudeshna Swayamprabha (Dhaka) will perform on August 11, August 18 and August 25, respectively.
The Delhi-based Lipsa (40) has already recorded her video on the premises of the Jagannath Temple, Tyagaraja Nagar, New Delhi. “It was just the videographer and I, so the temple authorities allowed us inside,” said Lipsa. She will be dancing on ‘Asthanayika’, a composition by Guru Gangadhar Pradhan.
Smrithi (25), a chartered accountant, will be presenting two solo performances — ‘Ganesha Pancharatnam’, a tribute to Lord Ganesha, the lyrics of which have been written by Adi Shankaracharya, and saint Soordas’s bhajans that talk of Lord Krishna trying to pacify mother Yashoda after stealing butter.
“Although the energy of a dancer comes from her audience, it is great feeling that people will be viewing my performance from their homes across the world,” said Smrithi, who started learning Bharatnatyam at the age of four.



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KOLKATA: Cops probing into a two-year-old housing loan fraud arrested three persons, including one of the key fraudsters on Wednesday evening. They were arrested from Howrah, Bali and Bhadreshwar, and produced before a Salt Lake court.
Officers of Bidhannagar Police cyber crime department said that on December 2018, a senior official of a nationalized bank in New Town had lodged a complaint about borrowers, who had taken housing loan amounting to several crores, but were not repaying EMIs. Later, an internal investigation found out that the borrowers as bogus.
“Probing into the complaint, we finally trailed the key fraudsters – Ratul Patra and arrested him from Howrah. He gave away the names of two of his associates, Priyanka Saha and Sandipan Majumder. Both of them were arrested,” said a senior officer of the commissionrate.
Explaining the modus operandi, the officer said the men used to get hold of Aadhaar card and voter card of some persons and then forged them by printing their own photos on them. Then they used them to open bank accounts under the new identities and then apply for bank loans. The officer said they are also probing into the role of some bank employees.



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KOLKATA: Former transport minister and CPM central committee member Shyamal Chakraborty died at a Kolkata hospital on Thursday following a cardiac arrest. Chakraborty was aged 77 and has left behind his daughter and Tollywood actor Ushashi. The trade unionist was admitted to hospital after he was tested Covid positive on July 30.
Chakraborty was among the five young Turks handpicked by CPM state secretary Pramode Dasgupta — Biman Bose, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Anil Biswas, Subhas Chakraborty, the other four — to infuse fresh blood in party organization.
CM Mamata Banerjee has condoled Chakraborty’s death. Political leaders from across party lines namely Subrata Mukherjee, Partha Chatterjee, Shobhandeb Chatterjee from Trinamool and BJP leader Rahul Sinha fondly recollected their association with this “amiable politician”.
Chakraborty had made an impression among the student community as part of the Subhas-Shyamal pair in Left student politics in the turbulent Sixties. There has been no looking back for Chakraborty since then. He served CPM, Left trade unions and the people at large as minister, trade union leader, a Rajya Sabha member and copiously wrote for the Left magazines and newspapers.
His admirers in CPM recalled “Shyamalda’s” ability to read a situation and take a pragmatic stand. Cutting his teeth in student politics during the Congress regime, Chakraborty was an excellent orator and became a mentor to most of the young generation leaders. Later, he groomed himself as an administrator, holding the state transport portfolio for nine years in the Jyoti Basu Cabinet.
A member of the undivided CPI in 1959, Chakraborty made it to CPM state committee in 1978 and became a state secretariat member in 1985. “Shyamalda was our guardian. He took avid interest in Indian history, its tradition and culture and tried to contextualise them in dealing with present problems with his feet set firm on the ground,” said CPM leader Shamik Lahiri. Chakraborty was also a loving father. “I lost my mother at a tender age. My father used to look after me and helped me in my studies despite his busy schedule. He was a dedicated party activist but never forced his views upon me,” said daughter Ushashi.



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