Saturday, July 25, 2009

CM trying to seperate tribals & Naxals

;Statesman News Service
BHUBANESWAR, 24 JULY: Replying to the debate on demand for grants of the home department in the Assembly today, Mr Patnaik said 3000 more tribal youths from Naxal infested areas will be recruited as Special police force. This will be in addition to the existing 2,100 special police personnel.
The move, besides the one for special recruitment drive by the army for which the CM has requested the defence ministry is aimed at preventing tribal youth being inducted by Maoists.
Mr Patnaik said that steps to open at least one ITI in each block to enhance employability of youths, spending at least Rs 2 lakh per district in tribal areas for sports activities and filling up vacant paramedical staff posts in all schedule areas of the state are part of the plans drawn up by his government.
He declared that another 4000 home guards will be engaged with special emphasis on Naxal affected districts. Currently, the state has over 15,700 home guards.
The CM announced a revision of wages and extension of number of days engaged for the home guards. They will get Rs 110 as allowance instead of Rs 90 and the period of engagement has been extended from 222 days to 300 days he informed.
Another initiative to try and counter the Naxals was by withdrawing or dropping of petty cases against tribals. As many as 9000 minor forest offences and 3000 other cases against tribals have been dropped.
While listing out achievements of his government on the police administration front since 2004, the CM said prior to it the government was on road to economic recovery.
The pre-2000 government had left behind a empty exchequer and the state had not funds to recruit, procure weapons or fortify police stations. The police , at that point of time, did not have money for POL, payment of telephone and bills, he saidd.
“It was after the turn around achieved from 2000 to 2004 that the government was able recruit and strength the police force,” he said

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