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Politicising Human Tragedy, Relating To Women Is Inhuman, Says Naveen Patnaik


22 November 2019

Debashish Maharana


Bhubaneswar: Murder, death of women and rape - are extremely sad events and politicising those multiplies the trauma and gives a very wrong message to the people at large, young people in particular. In case anyone is not satisfied with the investigation, there are legal fora for relief, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said in the Odisha Legislative Assembly on Friday.

Addressing the assembly, Naveen said, "As Chief Minister, let me assure the House, crime against women will be one of my topmost priorities and we will leave no stone unturned to ensure that justice is done."

Naveen said that he was not speaking as a Chief Minister for 19 years or as the president of Biju Janata Dal. "As a senior Member of this House, I would humbly like to mention something - Politicising any human tragedy especially relating to women is inhuman."

"This kind of politics will never give any returns. We are a mature democracy. We represent the four and a half crore people of Odisha. Let us set high standards of political discourse both in the Assembly and outside," the Chief Minister added.

Any case of neglect especially relating to women and children will not be spared, exemplary action would be taken, he said.

Due to prompt and professional investigation, in four sensational cases of rape and murder of minor girls death penalty has been awarded to the accused persons under the POCSO Act. Further, there is an increase in conviction rate in red-flag cases which has gone up to 41.48 per cent in 2019. "With all humility, I would like to express my deep concern - let us not politicise tragedy related to women and children," said Naveen.

"People are the soul of democracy. The hallmark of good governance is citizen satisfaction. Mo Sarkar is an important transformative initiative under the 5T Charter of governance," the CM said.

Under Mo Sarkar, the Chief Minister has personally made more than 300 phone calls and in the system more than 2,500 calls have been made.

"I want to send a message to all police functionaries - Do your job with commitment, without fear or favour. Do not bother about the statistics of registration."

The Chief Minister went on to say, "I have made a commitment to the people of Odisha on this August 15th that one year from now by August 15, 2020 people will have a choice whether to visit a Government office or not for any service or entitlement. Other than places where statutory requirement is there, people will have a choice to avail the services online, through common service centres or door delivery. This is one of the biggest targets we have taken for the Government under 5T charter."

The next big transformation we would like to achieve is payment of wages through banks in all the works of the State Government. This is a huge target of 5T. People especially poor labourers will be hugely benefitted by this.

“Under the 5T charter we will take the Governance to the next level towards an empowered Odisha,” said Naveen seeking the cooperation of all Members of the Assembly.