Friday, December 18, 2020


Fifteen policemen and their driver were killed in Kurkheda town, near Gadchiroli, in a Maoist attack last year. The Centre has now launched a scheme to tackle left-wing extremism in various parts of the country
Home Department sanctions Rs 50 crore for anti-Naxal campaign and releases first instalment of Rs 5.62 crore

Gadchiroli District will soon strengthen infrastructure and build 20 additional police stations as part of an anti-Naxal campaign by the Centre. The Maharashtra Home Department has sanctioned Rs 50 crore for the campaign and released a first instalment of Rs 5.62 crore on December 15.

The Centre has launched a Special Infrastructure Scheme that includes construction of 250 fortified police stations in left-wing extremism areas, of which 20 will be in Maharashtra. The state has been given Rs 2.5 crore for each police station under the scheme. The Centre contributes 60 per cent and the state the rest.

A senior Home Department official said the Centre has taken various development measures in Naxal-affected areas. “The Centre had taken joint measures to tackle the Naxal problem and involved all affected states for information sharing and conducting anti-Naxal operations together. The strategy is centred around security-related measures, developmental interventions and ensuring rights and entitlements of local communities, etc. The security-related measures include assistance to Naxal-affected states by providing CAPF [Central Armed Police Forces], helicopters, UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles], construction of fortified police stations, funds for modernisation of state police forces, arms and equipment, training assistance, sharing of intelligence, etc. Police station strengthening is part of the measures,” the official said.

On December 15, the state government released funds of Rs 5.62 crore for Gadchiroli in the first phase. “The funds will be released in instalments to ensure that the works are completed as proposed and also monitored,” another Home Department official said.

The Centre’s Special Infrastructure Scheme envisages better infrastructure, road connectivity, skill development, education initiatives, chalking out a civic action programme to bridge the gaps between security forces and local people through personal interaction. It aims to bring the human face of SFs before the local population. In order to improve mobile connectivity in Naxal areas, the Centre approved installation of mobile towers, of which 2,335 have been installed in Phase-I and 4,072 will come up in the Phase II.

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