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‘Ama Police Samiti’ extended to all police stations in Odisha

Cuttack, Sep 8In view of growing incidents of crime against senior citizens in the State, ‘Ama Police Samiti’, a concept practiced in urban police stations of the State to take special care for the safety and security of senior citizens, will now be extended to other parts of Odisha.

Director General of Police (DGP) KB Singh on Thursday instructed all district SPs and DCPs to take initiatives to instill a sense of security among the Senior Citizens residing within its jurisdiction.

“The DGP has asked SPs and DCPs to identify the "Ama Police Samitis" constituted under Urban Police Stations in their jurisdiction and take senior citizen centric activities for a better and safer living of senior citizens.” stated a statement of State police headquarters.

As per the circular, registration of all interested senior citizens should be done in prescribed proforma while a specific registration number shall be allotted to the registered senior citizens for future reference. Wide publicity shall be made to encourage such registration.
It further asked the police officials to provide a copy of “Dos and do nots” to the registered senior citizens.

Roping in the local NGOs for support, the officers of senior citizen security cell shall visit some of the registered members every week to look for their houses’ physical security and verify the status of the domestic helps, if engaged, the statement said. 

The verification shall be made in the prescribed form supplied earlier from the State Police Headquarters.

Under the Maintenance and Welfare of Senior Citizen Act of 2007 and subsequent Rules of 2009, the Urban Police Department (UPD) first formed the ‘Samitis’ in all the police stations of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar Commissionerate to instil a sense of security among the senior citizens.

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