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CM seeks two more CAPF battalions to counter Naxal threat

 CM seeks two more CAPF battalions to counter Naxal threat

Bhubaneswar, May 8
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today sought two more battalions of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) to contain infiltration of Left Wing Extremist (LWE) cadres from Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh to Odisha. 
Speaking at the review meeting of Left Wing Extremism affected states chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi, Patnaik said Left Wing Extremism is one of the most critical internal security challenges faced by the nation in present times and the recent incident of attack on the security forces in Sukma area of Chhattisgarh is highly disconcerting. “The situation calls for serious analysis, strategic review and calibrated action”, he stated.
The chief minister said that determined efforts of the State to contain extremist activities have been substantially successful in weaning away the population in the affected areas of Odisha from the ideology of violence and extremism. “During 2016 and 2017 till date, not only large number of LWE cadres have been neutralised and arrested but an encouraging number of cadres have also surrendered due to extremely pro-active surrender and rehabilitation policy of the State government”, he added. 
On the development front, Patnaik informed that the State government’s focus on holistic development of tribal districts in southern parts of the State is paying dividends through significant enhancement of  human resources. “Employment generation, electrification of villages, provision of houses and augmented road and bridge connectivity are bringing visible changes in the lives of the people in that area”, he said. The chief minister underlined the success of Odisha in enrolment of tribal boys and girls in schools, creation of residential facilities and provision of scholarships. 
Patnaik gave some specific proposals of including certain districts and denotifying some districts in the security related expenditure scheme at the earliest in response to the changing ground situation. Emphasising the importance of adequate infrastructural development in the LWE affected areas, the chief minister stated that the existing mobile towers sanctioned in the first phase of LWE scheme should be replaced with regular trans-receiver units with higher bandwidth and the additional locations identified for the second phase should be equipped with appropriate state-of-the-art technology so that the required purpose is served. 
Similarly, he urged upon the Ministry of Railways to provide for adequate funds and undertake completion of Malkangiri-Jeypore and Jeypore-Nawarangpur Railway Lines in a time bound manner as this will create a direct impact on the economy of these areas. The chief minister also advised that the Jeypore Airstrip should be taken up for development as an Airport, both for passenger and anti-LWE logistic operations. “Further, Union government should immediately release the balance Rs.142.25 crore for the strategic Gurupriya Bridge which the State government is determined to complete in the next few months”, he added. 
Patnaik urged upon the Union government to adopt the road specifications of RRP-I in the new Road Connectivity Project for Left Wing Extremism (RCPLWE) Areas scheme. The chief minister reiterated that Union government should not claim reimbursement of expenditure on deployment of CAPFs in LWE affected states since LWE is a national internal security threat and the State governments themselves are investing sizeably from their own meagre resources to contain the menace. 


Précis 2017
From asking his party men to ‘live a simple life and serve the people’ to taunting the BJP for its ‘crocodile tears’, Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik has not only become politically invincible, he seems to be so in the coming years too.


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