Chhattisgarh to get Rs 130 cr for strengthening police stations
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Last Updated: Thursday, July 15, 2010, 18:53
Raipur: Chhattisgarh will recieve Rs 130 crore from the Centre for strengthening more than 60 Naxal-hit police stations in the state, official sources said today.

A decision in this regard was taken yesterday at a meeting of Chief Ministers of Naxal-affected states, which was chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, they said.

The meeting had cleared the proposal to fund the strengthening of 65 police stations in the affected districts at the rate of Rs 2 crore per police station.

Official sources said that Chief Minister Raman Singh had demanded quick sanction of the fund and appealed to the PM to give his nod for immediate induction of 3,000 Special Police Officers (SPOs) in Chhattisgarh.

Singh also raised the issue of utilisation of 8 percent of the forest land in the tribal state for building schools and health centres for adivasis.

Eight percent of the total 44 percent forest land in Chhattisgarh is covered by shrubs and bushes and cannot be classified under forestland and hence it should be put to better use by building infrastructure for development of tribals, he said.

The Chief Minister also emphasised on the need for a provision to contribute 10 percent of the revenue of public sector units in the state to local area fund to promote holistic development of the region.


First Published: Thursday, July 15, 2010, 18:53

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