Exhibiting seriousness to counter growing menace of Naxalites in India, the government has approved a Rs 500 crore plan to enhance infrastructure of security forces in Naxal-affected areas— which includes improving mobility of forces, laying out helipads at strategic locations and upgrading infrastructure of police stations.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Thursday cleared a scheme in this direction. Besides putting its thrust on increasing security personnel's mobility in Naxal-affected areas and jungles, the scheme aims at channelising funds to secure camping grounds and helipads at strategic locations. Construction of roads along railway tracks is also the focus area to enable the forces to secure the tracks. Besides, roads around high-risk police station will ne improved.
For the current financial year Rs 100 crore has been earmarked, whereas Rs 400 crore would be spent in the remaining period of the 11th plan, an official spokesperson said.
Most of the money is expected to got to the districts in Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, Chattisgarh and Jharkhand.
Meanwhile, the government also approved creation of 48 new posts of Special Directors General, Additional Directors General and Inspectors General in various central police organisations.
HM approves salary hike for Prez
The government cleared the home ministry's legislative proposal to raise the President Pratibha Devisingh Patil's monthly salary to Rs 1.5 lakh and Vice President Hamid Ansari's emoluments to Rs 1.25 lakh on Thursday.
Patil was getting Rs 50,000, Ansari Rs 40,000 and the governors, who were paid Rs 36,000, will get Rs 1.1 lakh. The pay hikes will come into effect after Parliament passes the legislative proposal in the ensuing session. Significantly, the government has decided to bring the pay hikes into effect from January 2006, rather than January 2007.