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Odisha demands more funds, forces to combat Maoism

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau

New Delhi, June 27:

Odisha on Friday demanded more funds and central forces for effectively combating the Maoist menace in the state.

Meeting on MaoistsBriefing media persons at the end of the meeting of chief secretaries, home secretaries and directors general of police (DGPs) of 10 Maoist affected states convened by the Union Home ministry here today, Odisha chief secretary Jugal Kishore Mohapatra said the state had demanded more funds under the centrally sponsored Integrated Action Plan (IAP) and Security Related Expenditure (SRE) schemes.

The state had also demanded more central forces for effective antiMaoist operation, Mmohapatra said.

The meeting chaired by Union Home minister Rajnath Singh discussed issues like greater coordination between central and state forces and setting up of more communication towers in Maoist affected areas. Besides, it also reviewed the progress of various ongoing developmental programmes in these areas.

Union Home secretary Anil Goswami and National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval were present at the meeting.

Besides Mohapatra, Odisha home secretary Vipin Saxena and DGP Prakash Mishra were also present at the meeting.