‘LWE will be eradicated from C’garh by 2022’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Dec 2017 11:14:36


Staff Reporter,


Asserting that the state will be freed from Left Wing Extremism by 2022, Home, Jail and Public Health Engineering Minister Ramsewak Paikra said that efforts initiated by Dr Raman Singh led Bharatiya Janata Party government in last 14 years, has helped eradication of Left Wing Extremism to a great extent.
The Home, Jail and PHE Minister was addressing the media-persons under the “Bemisal 14 Saal (Unprecedented 14 years governance)” initiative of the state government which is completing 14 years in office in December.

The Bharatiya Janata Party government has been able to take development to the farthest corner and to the last person and this initiative facilitated to combat Left Wing Extremism.Large number of people who were earlier misled, are now gradually joining the mainstream. Paikra said the security forces have launched massive campaign in LWE areas as well as in those areas where their movement have been recorded putting them on the backfoot.

When the BJP led government came to power in 2003, the LWE activities were at its peak in both Surguja and Bastar. But Naxalism has now been eradicated completely from Surguja division and very soon it will be eradicated from Bastar division also, Paikra said confidently. On a query on the increase of rate of suicide by security personnel posted in Naxal infested areas, Paikra said reasons for suicide is
largely personal and domestic and has nothing to do with
professional pressure.

Refuting the charges that due to lack of efficient policing law and order situation has deteriorated and events like loot, dacoity, murder, burglary, etc have increased manifold, Paikra said had there been a lack of effective policing the incidents could have been more. In fact due to the policing and fast cracking of cases, crime rate has been controlled to a great extent. Adding that crime never ends, Paikra said with the development of industries and otherwise, influx of people from different parts of the country has also increased manifold, while some return after completion of their work, some stay back. Similarly, influx of criminals from other states has also increased.

Paikra while speaking about the depleting water-level in the state, said though the state has received low rainfall, the situation is not that worse. His department is continuously monitoring the situation and wherever required, supply of potable water will be ensured during summers.
Refuting reports that kidney ailments in Supebeda in Gariaband district is due to contaminated water, Paikra said cases of kidney ailments which have come to fore till date are all male and that not a single woman has been affected. Hence it is not due to water.

The causes of the diseases are being examined by the
department concerned and definitely a way will be taken out to contain the same. So far as water supply in the area is concerned, water sources are being regularly examined by the department.

When Paikra was cornered by the media-persons on his visit to one ‘Kambal Baba’ for getting his diabetes cured, he said even one senior media-person had asked for the reference of the Baba and he had referred to him. He said he had visited his camp to examine his reality and had seen people suffering from dreaded diseases getting cured. People in that part of the state have faith on him that is reason why so many people visit him. When queried whether he got cured, he said first of all diabetes is not a curable ailment, only thing is it comes under control. Secondly, the Baba had asked him to visit his camp five times which he couldn’t do, so he can’t claim that Baba’s healing touch had any affect on him or not.

Paikra said in the last 14 years, the police budget has increased from Rs 288 crore to Rs 3531.55 crore. When the state came into existence the number of police stations and police outposts were 293 and 57 respectively, which now has increased to 493 and 113 respectively. The numbers of sanctioned posts have increased to 49,175 while the strength of police has increased to 75,453. He also informed that jails are now functioning like reform centres. Earlier on 2003, there were only 26 jails which now have increased to 33 jails while the number of prisoners have increased to 10287 from 4503 in 2003.

Seven teams under SDRF had been constituted in the state which has been trained by NDRF personnel. Recently 98 officials/jawans from SDRF had completed two month long training of diving in 70 mts deep water in Bay of Bengal. Paikra said in 2003, only 44,542 habitats had drinking water facility which now has increased to 73,848 habitats.