New Delhi: Chhattisgarh government on Sunday
asked the Centre to provide funds to meet expenditure incurred
towards deployment of central para-military forces (CPMF) in
the state to fight Naxalism.
"Chhattisgarh is a young and backward state that is
already tottering under huge financial burden. I, therefore,
request that the cost of deployment of the CPMF be met by the
Central government...," Chief Minister Raman Singh said during
the chief ministers` conference on internal security here.
About anti-Naxalism operations in the state, he said work
towards converting a regular battalion into anti-terrorist
battalion had already been initiated.
The battalion, he said, will be well-equipped and its
personnel will be spread over all districts for acting
according to the contingency.
"Naxalism is not a state-level issue in Chhattisgarh. It
is a problem that has a direct binding on national internal
security. The state is already spending huge sum of money on
providing amenities for these CPMF battalions," he said.
Along with the demand for deployment of additional
battalion of Central Paramilitary forces, the chief minister
also requested the 13th Finance Commission for a grant of Rs
815 crore for development of the police forces.