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Odisha raises industrial security force

Bhubaneswar, August 28, 2017: In a first-of-its-kind initiative, Odisha Government on Monday raised its own Odisha Industrial Security Force (OISF) in order to provide an integrated safety and security cover to the industrial establishments in the State.

The first batch of the 1,289 recruits, including 203 women of the newly raised force has undergone 10-month training. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik greeted them at the passing out parade of the first batch recruits at the Seventh Battalion Ground here. For the first time, women police personnel have been included in the armed police in the State.

The OISF personnel have undergone basic police training and specialised training on industrial security with the help of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). On April 30 last year, the State Government had recruited the constables.

Purnima Mohapatra bagged medal from the CM for being the overall topper of the first batch.

CM Patnaik said OISF will play a vital role in promoting peaceful industrial atmosphere in the State.

“The OISF personnel have been imparted the requisite professional skills in industrial security in addition to the normal police training. They will be mobilised in different industrial establishments,” said Patnaik, adding that Odisha has achieved attractive investment destinations in the country and the OISF will contribute immensely to the economic growth of the State.

OISF would function under the administrative control of the Special Armed Police (SAP) of the State.

Sources said the OISF personnel will be deployed at the Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC), Hirakud dam, IIT-Bhubaneswar, NTPC-Sundargarh, RBI State headquarters and some prominent private industrial establishments.

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