Funds, forces figure high on CMs wishlist for anti-Naxal opns
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Last Updated: Sunday, February 07, 2010, 21:45
New Delhi: Funds, Forces, unmanned aerial vehicles and modern communication gadgets figure high on the wishlist of chief ministers from Naxal affected-areas presented before the Centre during the meet on internal security here.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan demanded unmanned aerial vehicle and latest satellite phones to tackle Naxals in dense forests.

"The Left-wing violence in the East has also escalated, with a paradigm shift in the strategy adopted by the LW extremists... There can be no difference of opinion that peace and tranquility and development have to go hand in hand," he said.

Raman Singh, Chief Minister of one of the worst affected states, Chhattisgarh, demanded that the Centre should share the cost of tackling Naxalism as it is not an "exclusive state level issue".

He sought Rs 815 crore from the 13th Finance Commission for development of police forces and also demanded two battalions of Central Para-military Forces (CPMF) for tackling Naxalism in the state.

West Bengal, which has three districts affected with Naxalism, demanded additional central forces to tackle the menace.

Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee demanded "additional help" from the Centre to tackle the problem. Bhattacharjee said some recent success against the Left-wing extremists has added momentum to the effort.

"The morale of the force is now high and the time is right to mount pressure on the extremists. Some additional help at this crucial stage will be necessary to achieve our immediate tasks," he said.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah said the CPI (Maoist) perceives a real threat to its existence from the welfare and developmental activities taken up by the government.

Observing that the "main strength" of Maoists is the inaccessible terrain, Rosaiah said Andhra Pradesh has requested the Centre to improve the inter-state road network.

Better communication facilities in these areas are also an important requirement, he said.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati raised the issue of not getting clearance of funds for development in the Naxal-belt of the state.

"The state government is investing in roads in Naxal- affected areas for smooth movement of security forces. A request of Rs 729 crore was sent to Centre in September 2009 but it has not been cleared...special rehabilitation programme in Naxal-affected areas (is) of Rs 84 crore but only 8-9 crore (has been) cleared which is very less," she said.


First Published: Sunday, February 07, 2010, 21:45

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