While the introducer Minister Raghunath Mohanty, in his
statement explained that the Odisha Industrial Security Force will provide
adequate and full-proof security to industrial units, concerned citizens believe
that certain clauses in the Bill would have draconian impact on the people who
raise voice against any injustice or exploitation by authorities in various
various provisions of the Bill, the
proposed Industrial Security Force
arrest a person without any warrant and, even,
without any order from a magistrate.
The bill also empowers the force
to search a person or
somebody’s house without a warrant.
“The bill seems to have been designed to curb the
worker’s movements in different industries and people’s movements
against various industrial projects,” said Vivekanand Dash, senior
journalist and Editor of Odia fortnightly Janatantra adding that the
bill would act as an umbrella for the industries and corporate
houses to further exploit its workers.
However, the government justifies its
move of bringing such a draconian bill saying that the existing
state police force is too much pressured to meet the need of
industrial undertakings and deal with multiple duties and
responsibilities. On financial module of organising the force,
Minister Raghunath Mohanty said that the cost of building the force
is to be borne by the industries. Mohanty also said that the bill
would provide employment opportunities to about 20,000 youth of the
‘Are police and
security service sectors the only potential areas for employment?
Or, the government is trying to engage the youth of Odisha against
innocent people who dare to raise their voice against exploitations
by the corporate houses?’ questioned Vivekanand Dash saying that
'instead of resolving the issues of people in the industrial units
and clusters, the government is now taking role of a security
service agent for the corporate houses to suppress the voice of
workers inside the industries.'