Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 8:
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today told the Assembly that the overall law and order situation in the state has remained by and large peaceful with no incident of major communal violence and decrease in Left Wing Extremism (LWE).
Patnaik told the House that there was no significant law and order incident on the students, services, industrial, labour and agrarian fronts.
Speaking on the LWE situation in the state Patnaik, who holds the Home portfolio, said intensity of overall Maoist violence has come down in the state during the year 2015 and 2016 as of now. There is significant reduction of Maoists strength in the state. 48 Maoists including state committee members have been neutralized, 88 LWE members have been arrested and 95 have surrendered in the state during 2015 and 2016 till November 30. Besides, large number of pro-Maoist militias and sympathizers have publicly announced withdrawal of their support from the Maoists in Malkangiri district, which is a very encouraging development. Attempts by Maoists to intensify their activities in Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Boudh and Nayagarh districts have been contained due to pro-active police action.
In order to increase the mobile telephone connectivity in the LWE affected areas, 248 towers have been operationalised and proposal for installation of 518 more towers covering the LWE districts has been sent to Government of India for approval.
The ex-gratia assistance to the families of civilian victims has been enhanced from Rs 1 lkh to Rs 3 lakh in the SRE districts and Rs 1 lakh to Rs 4 lakh in non-SRE districts to enhance the rehabilitation components.
The Crime and Criminal Tracking Networking System (CCTNS), a mission mode project will be declared Go-live in the State very soon, Patnaik informed.