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21 January 2019

Mohammed Ishtiyaque

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Bhubaneswar: While the general elections (both Lok Sabha and Assembly) are going to be held this year and a few months ahead, the Election Commission of India today held a review meeting about preparedness through video conferencing with 12 States, including Odisha.

Briefing media after the significant meeting, Odisha Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said, “The Election Commission today held a review meeting with 12 States, including Odisha regarding the preparation made for election.”

“Main stress of the Election Commission was on the law and order situation, the arrangement by police to maintain law and order, to identify sensitive booths and also force requirement,” he informed.

He added, “It was also discussed about the posting of officers at important posts relating to the election. The 3/4 Rule, that is, the officers who have completed three years of tenure in a district, those officers should be transferred, it was stressed. In Odisha’s case, there is no such problem.”

“Our State is fully prepared for conducting the upcoming election,” the Odisha Chief Secretary remarked.

On the Maoist menace, he informed, “In our State we have identified 15 districts as Maoist-affected. Besides, three districts have been identified as sensitive. We requested today to deploy additional Central force in these districts. Considering the situation of entire country, Commission will take decision on it accordingly.”

Odisha DGP R.P. Sharma informed, “We had a video conferencing meeting with the Election Commission of India and we have apprised them about our preparedness. We are fully geared up. At this point of time whatever actions we are supposed to take that we have taken.”

He stated, “In accordance to the guideline given by the Election Commission, special drives against the anti-socials, use of preventive laws, drive against liquor and contraband articles to be made. One round of special drive we have already had. We would have more special rounds in the run up to the election.”

He also stated, “Our law and order monitoring system has also been developed. We have also finalized the nodal officers. We would have some inter-state cooperation meetings with our neighbouring States. I think we’re beginning with Andhra Pradesh. That is on February 1. With rest of the States, we will see that mutually agreed upon dates. Apart from that we have coordination meetings at the range headquarters in Sambalpur, Rourkela and Koraput so that we thresh out the inter-state border related issues and enhance our cooperation. So we’re gearing up for the election.”

“After examining the deployment of force in the last election in 2014, 130 more companies we would require from the CRPF. We have made our request and it depends that in how many phases the election takes place in Odisha. That would finally determine our requirement,” the DGP observed.

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Aditya Prasad Padhi, Chief Secretary, Odisha

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Dr Rajendra Prasad Sharma, DGP, Odisha