Chhattisgarh seeks continuation of special assistance scheme for Maoist insurgency-hit districts

Published on Jun 26, 2021 02:41 PM IST

Officials said the scheme was launched in 2017-18 to improve security related infrastructure in these districts.

Maoist rebels train in a forest area in Bihar's Gaya district. (AP File Photo)
Maoist rebels train in a forest area in Bihar's Gaya district. (AP File Photo)

Chhattisgarh has urged the Centre to continue a special assistance scheme for the Maoist insurgency-hit districts to improve infrastructure there, officials said on Saturday.

Officials said the scheme was launched in 2017-18 to improve security related infrastructure in these districts.

The demand for its continuation was raised during a meeting the Union home ministry held with representatives of Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra and Telangana on Friday.

“Though the scheme was intended for three years, the Chhattisgarh government requested its continuation. In the first year, Chhattisgarh got 5 crore for each district... 33.33 crore each for eight districts was provided in the second and third year. This year, we got 14.5 crore each for each district hence we requested continuation of the funds because many security-related infrastructures are being built in these districts,” said special director general (planning), Chhattisgarh Police, RK Vij.

Vij added sectoral allocation of the money to eight districts includes around 35% for roads.

“The fund is very important for a state like Chhattisgarh because we have a maximum number of Maoist affected districts and infrastructure is very important in these areas,” Vij added.

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    State Correspondent for Chhattisgarh. Reports Maoism, Politics, Mining and important developments from the state. Covered all sorts of extremism in Central India. Reported from Madhya Pradesh for eight years.

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