Naxal-affected areas to get Rs 700 cr assistance in next 3 yrs under SCAS

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Nov 2017 13:00:28

Staff Reporter,


Nov 3,

Naxal-affected districts in Chhattisgarh will be getting assistance of Rs 700 crore in next three years under Special Central Assistance Scheme (SCAS). The decision was taken during the review meeting presided over by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The meeting which was called today to review development works and security drive in Naxal-affected regions in Chhattisgarh, was attended by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh.

During the meeting, the Chief Minister expressed his gratitude towards the Union Home Minister for granting the financial assistance. Union Minister of State (Home) Hansraj Ahir was also present at the meeting. In the meeting it was decided that more emphasis should be given on finding effective ways to provide maximum benefits of road connectivity, telephone connectivity and other public welfare schemes to beneficiaries. The Home Minister expressed his satisfaction over developmental work and security drive carried out in Naxal-affected regions of Chhattisgarh.

The Chief Minister said that construction of roads in Naxal-affected regions has gradually increased in the past three years and this year the state has succeeded in constructing 400 km long roads in Sukma, Bijapur, Narainpur, Dantewada, etc. Earlier, some three back only 40 kms long could be built. He also informed that anti-Naxal operations are now taking place in dense forests where earlier it was not possible. During the meeting discussions were also held on movement of Maoist elements in inter-state borders. He also thanked the Home Minister for Bastariya battalion and new RI battalion. He added that setting up fortified police stations has also helped in strengthening security system.

Sources averred that during the meeting, sanction was given for installation of another 121 new mobile towers. The Union Home Minister also gave his in-principle sanction for opening 50 new police stations in Maoist affected regions after establishment of 45 new police stations which have been sanctioned. Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Chhattisgarh Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand, CRPF Director General RR Bhatnagar, Principal Secretary (Home) B V R Subramanyam, Director General Police A N Upadhyaya, DG (Anti-naxal Operation) D M Awasthi, Principal Secretary to CM Aman Kumar Singh, OSD Vikram Sisodiya were present during the meeting.