Security forces camps: Best bet for development in the state
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 28, 2011, 15:53
Kanker: The presence of CRPF and BSF in Naxal-hit areas of Chhattisgarh has become the best bet for development for the local administration which has initiated civic work in vicinity of their fortified camps.

In a state which is severely hit by violence unleashed by Naxals who have blown many school buildings and culverts, the district administration has found a novel way of organising medical camps and creating civic infrastructure in the vicinity of these camps which have a huge presence of policemen and security personnel.

"More than 70 percent of development work including laying of pucca roads in this district has been possible because of the presence of Central security forces like CRPF and BSF," Kanker Collector Nirmal Xaxa said.

Almost 400-500 kms of road have been laid in the district because of the presence of the security forces. Civic action works like medical camps and panchayat buildings can be brought up close to these camps, Xaxa said.

Kanker has nearly 5000 BSF personnel in the Naxal security grid at various locations.

A number of police stations of Chhattisgarh Police are now functioning as Central forces have made these places as their 'company locations' and have fortified the campus.The fact is also appreciated by state Director General of Police (DGP) Vishwa Ranjan.

"The amount of pressure that we are putting on Naxalites was not possible without the help of these central forces. They have been assisting us in carrying out civic activities also," Ranjan said.

In the Keshkal region of the district, notorious for Naxalite movement, a free computer training centre is being run by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the premises of the local police station.

"The children from nearby villages did not had a place to learn computers. We brought some of our men who were expert in the subject to teach about 100 such children free of cost. Our company location inside the police station is now a favourite haunt of children from nearby places," CRPF Commanding Officer A K Dhyani said.

The district administration in the state is planning to erect cellular phone towers inside the premises of security forces' camps and even build school buildings and civic centres close to these camps, a senior official of the state government told a visiting group of journalists here.

"In Kanker alone, the Naxals have destroyed 49 school buildings in the last four years but we are determined to build them again at secure locations like close to the camps of security forces," CEO of Kanker district Panchayat Bharati Dasan said.


First Published: Thursday, April 28, 2011, 15:53

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