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Rajnath meets CMs of Naxal-affected states

Rajnath meets CMs of Naxal-affected states
The meeting was called to prepare a comprehensive strategy to ensure coordination among state police forces and paramilitary forces to prevent Maoists from crossing from one state to the other.

Primarily, the focus was to smoke out the Maoists from their citadel in Bastar, which is located in the southernmost tip of Chhattisgarh and shares border with Maharashtra, Telangana and Odisha.

The meeting was also attended by DGPs of all four states, heads of paramilitary forces and senior Home Ministry officials. In recent past, majority of casualties in Maoists took place in the Bastar region, forcing the Centre to firm up an urgent initiative to counter the rebels.

The central government has deployed nearly one lakh personnel of paramilitary forces in these affected states to deal with the rebels.

“The Home Minister reviewed the developmental projects relating to roads, bridges, railway lines, mobile towers, post offices, banking infrastructure, education, health, radio and TV connectivity and forest and environmental clearances in Left Wing Extremism affected States of Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Odisha and Maharashtra,” MHA statement reads.

During the meeting he stressed for a special attention at Bastar region for early completion of developmental projects and a coordinated action for tackling Left Wing Extremism problems in the area. He also highlighted the long pending problem of extremism in the area and assured the states of necessary central assistance.

“The Chief Ministers highlighted their concern regarding the requirement of funds for pending projects in Maoists hit areas. It was agreed that the LWE affected States in general and Bastar region in particular required special assistance from the centre. Also, the centre may consider necessary relaxations in the policies and schemes for the development of these areas,” MHA statement reads.

The Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Dr. Raman Singh mentioned that about 700 kilometers of sanctioned roads remain to be completed in the State in addition to the construction of two major bridges.

Maharashtra CM, Devendra Fadnavis highlighted the issue of pending road works of about 150 kilometers and the work of Indirawati bridge awarded in January last year.  He also raised the issue of construction work of laying railway track in the LWE affected areas.
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