Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Monday announced a `17.5 crore additional annual contingency fund for 587 police stations (PSs) in the state for providing better services to people visiting police stations under the ‘Mo Sarkar’ programme.
All 44 police stations in the twin-cities will get `40,000 each every month while `30,000 each to 142 police stations in urban areas and `20,000 each to 351 police stations in rural areas will be given away. Four Mahila PSs, 5 traffic PSs, 15 railway PSs, four cyber PSs, an economic offences PS, an STF PS, an HRPC PS, and a crime branch PS will receive `30,000 each per month. Eighteen marine PSs would receive `20,000 each per month, the release said.
Speaking to OP, a police official said, “This is a welcome decision by the state government for the cash-strapped police stations. Many times we have to bear general day-to-day cost from our own pockets as the earlier sanctioned contingency fund of `5,000 was too meager.”
In a tweet, Commissionerate Police said, “We are overwhelmed by the decision of the CM to sanction `40,000 a month contingency expenditure. Small amount for government but big step to improve transparency & service delivery.”
The Chief Minister also announced rewards for doctors and other medical staff who sincerely work toward improving public service delivery to people and deal sensitively with patients.
Chief Minister’s awards for excellence in public service will be the highest award in the field of healthcare in the state. It will comprise a cash award and recognition to be given away at an annual function. While `10 lakh each will be given away to 10 best doctors, other healthcare staff will get `5 lakh each every year. All staff of healthcare institutions that will achieve National Quality Accreditation Standard (NQAS) will get one month salary bonus for this achievement in a particular financial year.
Similarly, career awards will be given to healthcare professionals. Selected individuals will get promotions on the day of retirement. Regular employees who have served under the health and family welfare department for at least 25 years and are due for retirement within two years or less will get the award.
All officials of top three government hospitals which received Kayakalp and Lakshya certifications will be provided half month salary as bonus. Top five performing institutions under the ‘Mo Sarkar’ initiative will be identified. Annual achievers will get an LTC abroad (regular employees) or training abroad (contractual employees).