Monday, August 17, 2009

Maha seeks Rs 500 cr to fight terrorism, Naxalism

Published: August 17,2009

Maha seeks Rs 500 cr to fight terrorism, Naxalism New Delhi

Facing a threat from both urban and Naxal terrorism, Maharashtra today demanded over Rs 500 crore from the Centre for projects to strengthen and upgrade its capabilities to fight the menace.

" Maharashtra is under threat from urban terrorism on the west and Left wing terrorism on the East" Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said while addressing the Conference of Chief Ministers on Internal Security here. Listing his various demands, Chavan sought Rs 100 crores for upgrading and setting up training institutions such as anti-naxal training academy Alpha Hawks at Nagpur and Urban terrorism Institute at Pune.

Demanding choppers for carrying out aerial surveillance, he said,"given the length of the coastline, two helicopters having day and night flying capability may be provided to us for conducting aerial patrolling".

Seeking approval of Rs two crores for strengthening and equipping the Maharashtra Intelligence Academy at Pune and another Rs 23 crore for strengthening the State Intelligence set-up, Chavan demanded committed funding by the Centre for a five-year project to improve the Police Population ration in Maharashtra and grants for maintenance and replacement for equipment purchased under Modernisation of Police Forces programme for 10 more years.

Reminding the Home Minister of his promise to provide special additional grants under MPF to his state, he said," When a proposal of Rs 585 crores for the year 2009-10 was sent to the Ministry, it was reduced to Rs 175.02 crores I would request the Home Minister to make a special allocation, as promised, under the MPF.

Source: PTI

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