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29 October 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das


Bhubaneswar: Opting for the digital initiative, five Armed Police battalions of Odisha are set to be part of an e-office system which will be a part of National e-governance programme of the government.

The selected five battalions are Dhenkanal, Malkangiri, Cuttack, Khurda, and Rourkela, announced Director General of Police (DGP), Odisha, BK Sharma at the Annual Commandants Conference 2019 being held at Police Bhawan here. The inaugural programme was chaired by DGP Sharma.

The target is to upgrade all 25 five battalions to e-offices by March 2020. This move is expected to help the officers find a platform for their grievances, learn the latest techniques, and then implement the new-found knowledge; said DGP Sharma.

On this occasion, the DGP said, “Numerically speaking, one-third of the Odisha Police force is the Armed Police Battalion. They have always played an important role in Naxalite management, maintenance of law and order, disaster relief among others. They do need a digital platform to express their opinions. E-offices will not only reduce unnecessary paperwork but also save relevant time and bring in transparency.”

Today’s discussion also included modernized management of law and order situation, tactics, disaster management, crowd management, and handling of other issues specific to the areas. Also under discussion is the event-specific uniform code for the Police officials.

Reiterating what DGP said, Manoj Chhabra, Director General, Special Armed Police (SPA), said, “The digitization is a huge opportunity for deputy commandants to express their opinions. Odisha Armed Police Battalion has risen to 25 Police battalions.”

“Now we will use the technology to handle issues of the officers. The modernization will be equally reflected in their training, arms and ammunition, dress code, body protection, skill upgradation, leave application. With help from NIC, we are trying to increase our outreach and bring in transparency.”

BK Sharma, DGP, Odisha

Manoj Chhabra, Director General, SPA