Friday, June 20, 2008

Maharashtra police to get more funds to fight Maoists

June 20th, 2008 - 9:50 pm ICT by IANS

Nagpur, June 20 (IANS) The Maharashtra Police will get an additional annual grant of Rs.1 billion to combat more effectively threats from Maoists, Deputy Chief Minister R.R. Patil said Friday. Patil, who holds the home portfolio, also told reporters that the policy on the rehabilitation of Maoists who surrender will be fine-tuned to provide greater protection to them and to inspire confidence among people living in Maoist-infested areas.

Patil, who was here to attend the annual convocation function of the trainee police at the regional police training institute, was referring to the incident in Gadchiroli district where Maoists lynched a former colleague who surrendered to the police.

He said additional funds would be given to areas of Maoist influence for infrastructure development and all vacancies in government departments there would be filled expeditiously.

“I have instructed the chief secretary to fill the vacancies quickly, preferably with local people, as those from outside are reluctant to work there”, Patil said.

Patil held a review meeting of the police brass here Friday before leaving for Mumbai.

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