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Naxal Menace Limited To 5 Dists: Odisha CS


22 August 2019

OMMCOM NEWS


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Bhubaneswar: Left Wing Extremism (LWE) is now restricted in the State to five out of around 15 districts earlier, claimed Odisha Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy here today.

“On the security aspect we have got huge success in curbing left wing extremism. Out of around 15 districts earlier, Naxal menace is now limited to five districts. In the coming days we will be more successful,” informed Tripathy briefing newsmen after holding a preparatory meeting here in preparation for the review meeting to be chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on LWE to be held in New Delhi on August 26.

The Chief Secretary said that at the meeting they will draw a blueprint for a complete resolution of the LWE problem in the State.

“On development aspect our insistence has been that unless communication is developed in south Odisha we will continue to face several problems. Since completion of Gurupriya Setu in Swabhimaan area, developmental activities have increased in that area and Naxal activities have declined, the same model needs to be replicated in entire south Odisha,” Tripathy informed, briefing on issues to be raised during discussions on development aspects at the New Delhi meeting.

“The kind of investment that has been made on roads in Malkangiri and Koraput needs to be done in Kandhamal, Rayagada and Kandhamal,” he added.

The Chief Secretary said that out of 50,000 villages in Odisha 8,000 don’t have mobile telephone network and out of these around 6,000 are LWE affected while adding that efforts are being made to increase that. He said the issue will be raised at the meeting.

Tripathy further said that the issue of low banking penetration in southern and central Odisha will be raised at the meeting.

Notably, the Union Home Ministry has called a review meeting with Chief Ministers of LWE affected States to be chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Minister of State (Home) Dibya Shankar Mishra, Chief Secretary, DGP and other senior officials will be part of the delegation attending the meeting at New Delhi.

 

 

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Asit Tripathy, Chief Secretary, Odisha

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B.K. Sharma, DGP, Odisha