Bhubaneswar, 22/11/19: Chief minister Naven Patnaik today advised the members of the state assembly not to politicize any human tragedy especially relating to women.
While responding to the debate on budgetary demand of grant relating to Home department this evening, Naveen said, “ Forget that I’m Chief Minister for 19 years or that I am President of Biju Janata Dal. As a senior member of this House, I would humbly like to mention something — Politicising any human tragedy especially relating to women is inhuman. “
“Let me tell you—This kind of politics will never give any returns. We are a mature democracy. We represent the 4 and 1/2 crore people of Odisha. Let us set high standards of political discourse both in the Assembly and outside. Rape, murder, death of women — are extremely sad events. Politicising them, multiplies the trauma and gives a very wrong message to the people at large and young people in particular. In case anyone is not satisfied with the investigation, there are legal fora for relief “, he said.
The chief minister assured the House that crime against women would be one of his topmost priorities. “We will leave no stone unturned to ensure that justice is done. Let me assure that any case of neglect especially relating to women and children will not be spared, exemplary action would be taken’, he said.
The chief minister claimed that due to prompt and professional investigation, in four sensational cases of rape and murder of minor girls death penalty has been awarded to the accused persons under POCSO Act. “Let’s not politicise tragedy related to women and children”, he said.
Naveen also highlighted his newly-launched programme of Mo Sarkar . “It is an important transformative initiative under the 5T Charter of governance.Under Mo Sarkar, the phone number of every petitioner visiting the Police Station is recorded and random calls are made to take feedback about their experience in the Police Station. I have personally made more than 300 phone calls and in the system more than 2500 calls have been made.”, he said.
“The next big transformation we would like to achieve is payment of wages through banks in all the works of the State Government. This is another huge target of 5T. People especially poor labourers will be hugely benefited by this”, said the chief minister.