Rs 3K Crore Pumped in for Anti-Maoist Operations in 13 Yrs

Rs 368.72  crore has been spent in Nuapada, Kalahandi and Balangir districts under the IAP.

Published: 11th April 2016 05:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th April 2016 05:45 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has received nearly Rs 3,000 crore under  different Central schemes for countering Maoist activities  in Odisha during the last 13 years.

The schemes include Integrated Action Plan  (IAP), Security Related Expenditure scheme (SRE), Special  Infrastructure Scheme (SIS), construction and  trengthening of fortified police station,  modernisation of police forces and the scheme for setting up Counter Insurgency  and Anti-terrorist (CIAT) schools.

The Centre also provided nine battalions of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and eight battalions of Border Security Forces (BSF) during the period for  deployment in Naxal affected areas. According to sources, Rs 368.72  crore has been spent in Nuapada, Kalahandi and Balangir districts under the IAP. Several schemes including  construction of roads, bridges, culverts, construction of school buildings, SC and ST  hostels, anganwadi centres, primary health centres,  implementation of drinking water facility, electrification, skill building  and other projects identified under the District Level Committees (DLCs) are taken up under the IAP.

Incidents of Naxal violence have, however, come down in the State during 2005-2016. Official sources said there were 919 incidents of Naxal violence during  the period in which 184 security personnel were killed while Maoists killed 259 people.

As many as 152  Maoists were killed by security forces during the anti-Maoist campaign. In a written reply to a  question from Dibya Sankar Mishra (BJD), Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has said in the  Assembly that 19 revenue districts of Odisha out of total 30 are  considered Naxal-affected in varying degrees.

He said the State Government has  taken several steps to upgrade police stations in Naxal infested blocks. The Chief Minsiter said to reduce Naxal activities in  the affected areas of Kalahandi district, the presence of security forces has been enhanced, intelligence upgraded  and intelligencebased anti-Naxal operations have been intensified.   

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