Orissa to replace 1861 Indian Police Act

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Bhubaneswar, Sep 18 (UNI) Orissa Government is considering a plan to bring out new police act to make the police force more efficient in managing law and order in a better way.

State Home Secretary T K Mishra told newsmen here that the Police Act 2007 would replace the old 1861 Indian Police Act which was operating in the state at present.

Mr Mishra said a draft proposal for the new act would be prepared within a month. The issue would also be discussed in the conference of Director Generals and Inspector Generals scheduled to be held in New Delhi soon.

He said some states had already replaced the old law formulated during the British Rule. In Orissa, the new law would be implemented after studying the after-effects of the new act being implemented by those states.

The Home Secretary said under the new act, a Police Complain Authority would be constituted to inquire into the complaints of violation of human rights by the police officials.

Under the new act, the police force would be made officer oriented instead of constable oriented and more officers would be recruited.

A proposal had been submitted to the finance department and recruitment would be made after the proposal was accepted by the finance department, he said.

Within a month, retired army officiers would be recruited as police and the 8000 police posts lying vacant would also be filled up, he said.

UNI

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