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Orissa seeks more anti-Naxal funds

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 21, 2007

BHUBANESWAR: Chief secretaries on Friday observed that violence had come down in insurgencyaffected areas, but they expressed concerned over increasing Naxal violence in some states.

They discussed measures to streamline overall governance and improve the internal security, especially in states affected by Naxalism and insurgency, at a day-long meeting, organised by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances in New Delhi.

The Home Ministry made a presentation on the internal security situation in the country. DGPs of some states, including Orissa, also participated.

Sources said Orissa demanded more funds to tackle the growing threat from Naxals, who have made base in several districts.

A demand was made to declare Jajpur, Deogarh, Sambalpur, Phulbani and Ganjam districts as Naxalaffected.

The demand for deployment of additional two companies of CRPF was reiterated. The other demands included more funds from the Centre under the Police Modernisation Programme, upgradation of police stations in Naxal-hit areas and funds for execution of welfare measures in tribal areas. Implementation of different development Chief Secys’ meet in Delhi.


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