Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Government ready for talks with ultras: CM

Express News Service First Published : 14 Jul 2009 02:25:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 14 Jul 2009 11:22:49 AM IST

BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has said he has no hesitation for a dialogue with the Naxalites if they give up violence and agree for talks within the ambit of the Constitution. Replying to an unstarred question from Ramchandra Kadam (Cong) in the Assembly today, Patnaik said that the ongoing Maoist activities are not conducive for talks. The State Government announced its readiness for talks with them in the past, but there was no response, he said.

To another unstarred question from Kadam, Patnaik announced that the State Government will have no hesitation to accept the demands of the Left wing extremists (LWEs) in the interest of the people, if they give up violence. Naveen said that the Naxalites have been able to spread their wings among tribals taking advantage of disparity in development and infrastructural backwardness.

‘Rs 428 cr for modernising police force’

The Chief Minister today said that Rs 428.08 crore had been spent under the modernisation of State Police forces scheme during 2000-01 and 2008-09.

To a question from Jayanarayan Mishra (BJP), Patnaik said that the balance amount of Rs 13.15 crore will be spent. Funds under the scheme have been utilised for procurement of weapons, equipment, vehicles, augmentation of training infrastructure and construction of residential and non-residential buildings.

To a question from Khageswar Pradhan (BJD), Patnaik said that Rs 137.25 crore was spent in 2008-09 for repair and strengthening of river and saline embankments.

To a question from Anant Das (BJD), Patnaik said that the State Vigilance has registered 477 trap cases against 36 Class I officers, 58 Class II officers, 391 Class III and 7 Class IV employees and 14 public servants from April 1, 2004 to March 31, 2009.

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