30,000 cops to assist with rehabilitation of flood-hit areas

State police chief Loknath Behera stated the force has drawn up an ambitious plan to provide security and resettle people staying in relief camps across the flood-ravaged state. He announced 30,000 police personnel will be assigned for the task under the ‘Jalaraksha 2’ scheme.

“Each officer will be in charge of the rehabilitation of a family. We will provide all support to those returning to their homes and will ensure security of women and children at every relief camp. Police officers will also provide assistance in cleaning up houses,” the DGP said.

He informed the police will also remove hurdles to smooth traffic and oversee restoration of roads. “Patrolling will be boosted to prevent theft. People in misery will have to return to their homes and restart their lives. Until their lives are normalised, each police officer will have the task of rehabilitating a family.”

The police chief said he himself will take over rehabilitation of three families. “The Janamaitri Police will build houses for very poor families who have lost their abode. The police will also raise Rs 10 crore for the chief minister’s disaster relief fund,” he added.

Behera warned that tough action will be initiated against merchants who extract high prices from people illegally.

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