"Since the Supreme Court has given a final deadline of March 30, 2007 for compliance of its directives, the state government is finding ways to implement the police reforms in the state, says a senior official in the state home department.
In the first phase, the state government has decided to separate investigation and law and order in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Though Orissa does not have a city with more than one million population, it is complying with the reforms process. It also proposes to set up a police establishment board to regulate transfers and postings.
In fact, two committees have already been set up for the process. While one committee, headed by the chief secretary and including the director general of police (DGP) and home secretary, recommends transfers of superintendents of police (SPs) and senior officials.
The state government has decided to separate investigation and law and order in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack
However, many retired senior police officers in the state believe that reforms in the police administration would enable officers to do their duty.
One should thank the apex court, which has directed the Centre as well as the states to revise the 145-year-old Indian Police Act of 1861 and enforce reforms in the police force, says BK Tripathy, former inspector general of police.