Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 17:
There has been no reports of Maoist violence in six previoulsy affected districts of Odisha since 2011, chief minister Naveen Patnaik informed the State Assembly on Monday.
“While there has been no incidence of Maoist activities in Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Mayurbhanj, Deogarh, Nayagarh and Sundargarh police districts since 2011, the left wing ultras, however, are active in Malkangiri, Rayagada, Koraput, Gajapati, Ganjam, Keonjhar, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Jajpur, Kandhamal, Dhenkanal, Nayagarh, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Bolangir and Bargarh and Rourkela police districts,” Patnaik said while replying to a question by Congress member Prafulla Majhi during the Question Hour.
He said the state government has given top priority to modernization of police force in the Maoist affected areas with strategic deployment of security forces and effective anti-Maoist operations in association with the neighbouring states and Central forces as well as improvement in communication and connectivity in remote areas to deal with the problem.
Referring to Central assistance, the chief minister said the Centre has provided 17 battalions of Central Armed Police Forces to the state, in phases, from 2001 to 2013, to deal with the extreme left wing menace.
The Centre had provided Rs 179.76 crore between 2005-06 and 2013-14 under Security Related Expenditure (SRE) scheme, Rs 93.02 crore under Special Infrastructure Scheme (SIS) from 2008-09 to 2013-14, Rs 112 crore under scheme for construction and strengthening of fortified police stations from 2010-11 to 2013-14, Rs 8.77 crore under counter insurgency and anti-terrorist scheme from 2009-10 to 2013-14 and Rs 60 crore under modernisation of police force for construction of police stations and outposts in the affected districts.
Besides, the Centre has also allocated Rs 417 crore to the State under the scheme of modernisation of police force between 2001 and 2013-14 for purchase of sophisticated weapons, vehicles and equipment and development of infrastructure.
Out of this, 96.73 per cent of the funds have been utilised, Patnaik told the members.