Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Masks for Central force to combat ultras

Statesman News Service
BHUBANESWAR, Jan. 22: The Centre has reportedly agreed to sanction deployment of five more platoons of the India Reserve Battalions to help Orissa combat Left-wing extremism.Union home minister Mr Shivraj Patil agreed to the proposal submitted by chief minister Mr Naveen Patnaik when the two met at New Delhi today. Deployment of additional platoons of the battalion for the state would also provide substantial employment support to the local youth, Mr Patnaik said. Mr Patil has also agreed to enhance allocations under the Police Modernisation Scheme and for the Training Resource Centre of the Special Operation Group.
Mr Patnaik had sought increased allocations under the modernisation scheme from the present level of Rs 26.50 crore to Rs 60 crore and a special grant of Rs 30 crore for the TRC with the SOG at Chandaka. The TRC is being developed as a permanent training resource centre for counter-terrorism jungle warfare and anti-extremist operations.
He urged Mr Patil to extend the tenure of the CRPF personnel camped in trouble-torn Kandhamal district till 15 March. Mr Patnaik urged the Centre to assist Orissa in terms of manpower and financial resources to strengthen its internal security system. He demanded that under the Security Related Expenditure scheme, more districts be included for control of Naxalite activities in the state and allocation of funds may be raised from Rs 9 crore to Rs 15 crore, with special focus on Malkangiri and Rayagada districts.
Mr Patil is said to have offered cash in lieu of the additional foodgrain allotment sought by the chief minister for undertaking relief work in the districts, affected by floods in 2006.
The state government has made all preparatory arrangements at the field-levels so that the working season can be utilised for providing labour intensive work in the affected areas, officials said.

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