Bhubaneswar: Left wing extremism needs to be
countered to restore the law of the land and Orissa government
is trying its best to overcome the Maoist menace, Orissa Chief
Minister Naveen Patnaik said today.
Elaborating on the steps adopted by his government,
Patnaik, who returned from New Delhi, said more recruits have
been absorbed in the special operation group and the
anti-Naxalite elite force to accelerate the fight against the
``Maoist violence is unfortunate ... Other states too are
experiencing the menace,`` he said.
Patnaik said socio-economic development of certain areas
need to be expedited in order to tackle the ultras and the
state government was working hard to implement at least eight
road projects at a cost of Rs 560 crore in the affected
Though the state government had been trying to provide
surface connectivity to the people in tribal dominated
districts prone to Maoist activities, it could not progress
due to opposition from the rebels, he added.