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Substantial improvement in LWE scenario in State, asserts CM




 Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said there has been a substantial improvement in Left Wing Extremism scenario in the State.

Patnaik, who also holds the Home portfolio, informed the State Assembly that the State remained by and large peaceful with major law and order situation on any front. “Improvement of police infrastructure, recruitment of armed personnel, specialized training and a progressive policy of surrender and rehabilitation, have led to substantial improvement in the situation”, he added.

The Chief Minister said the people of Odisha do not support violent activities as a result of which the LWE cadres have no local base in the State. He said LWE issues in Odisha are mostly caused by infiltration from Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh. “The asymmetric deployment of Central Forces on Chhattisgarh border is a major issue towards which we have drawn the Central government’s attention”, Patnaik said, adding as usual Odisha’s requests for additional deployment of Central Forces have not been considered by the Centre so far. He said the commitment of his government to eliminate the LWE menace is reflected in the determined efforts to complete the most challenging Gurupriya Bridge in spite of Centre not allocating sufficient funds. “I am hopeful in a few months from the cut-off areas will have connectivity.

The Chief Minister said the State government has always accorded top priority to crimes against vulnerable sections of the society especially women, children, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. “We have taken pro-active steps to improve the criminal justice system by way of direct recruitment of APPS, establishment of Mahila and Sishu Desks, specialized units from crime against women and monitoring of Red Flag cases”, he stated, adding whenever any negligence is noticed, tough and exemplary action has been taken by the government. Patnaik informed the House that this year, the government has rescued as many as 3,748 missing children through ‘Operation Muskan-III’. He said the efforts of the State government both in rescue and rehabilitation of missing children have been highly appreciated by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

Patnaik said in order to ensure timely delivery of key public services to the people, as many as 333 public services pertaining to 24 government departments have been brought under the scope of “Odisha Right to Public Services Act’. He said the General Administration and Public Grievance Department has implemented web-based Central Monitoring System for effective monitoring of these public services. He said the State government is talking all possible measures to ensure timely conduct of Odisha Civil Services Examinations and other Government recruitments, web-portal for monitoring of recruitment and training all new recruits of different departments has been launched.  The chief minister said more than 50,000 poor people have been covered under Harischandra Scheme and about 5,000 deserving persons have been assisted under Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

Patnaik said anti-corruption and transparency are two major planks of the State government. “We have put in place transparent structure, processes and procedures in various areas of functioning of the government. We are also pursuing preventive vigilance in various government agencies. My government is firmly committed to take services in a transparent manner to our citizens and implement welfare schemes for our people in the most effective manger involving technology and invoking team work”, he said.

Rs 71 cr earmarked under SRE scheme to tackle Maoists

Bhubaneswar: An annual budget of Rs 71 crore was earmarked by the State-level committee on anti-Maoist operations for 2017-18 under the Security Related Expenditure (SRE) scheme.

The committee approved the SRE budget ahead of a crucial meeting of the Central government on December 11. Usually the State government spends money for anti-Maoist operations and the Centre reimburses 60 pc of the total spending. “Today the State level committee approved the budget,” said Asit Tripathy, Home Secretary.

The SRE scheme fund is utilized by the State to fortify police stations, construct boundary wall of police stations, train police personnel and meet arms and ammunition expenses of paramilitary forces. The fund is also utilized to provide ex-gratia to families of civilians or security personnel killed during anti-Maoist operations. 






Editorial

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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