Bastar: Chhattisgarh CM demands 7 CRPF battalions, mobile towers to fight Naxalism

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah seeking the Centres cooperation in better implementation of the state governments action plan regarding eradication of Naxals from the region.

In his letter, the Chief Minister said that the state government has adopted a three dimensional programme ‘Trust-Development-Security,’ making all possible efforts to win the trust of the people of Naxal affected regions and taking forward the development work to create a safe environment. He said that the efforts have shown positive results.

Chief Minister said that the Union Home Ministry had allocated 7 additional CRPF battalions for Chhattisgarh in 2018. It was decided to deploy these forces in worst affected Naxal hit south Bastar district of Sukma and Bijapur for effective implementation of anti-naxal activities and developmental projects. In the selected locations, the amount has been disbursed for setting up of battalion headquarters and work has also been completed at most of the locations. He said that it has been learnt that 10 CRPF battalion have been removed from Jammu and Kashmir. In this case, providing the 7 allocated battalions to Chhattisgarh immediately will help in effective implementation of anti-naxal movement.

Mentioning about tele-connectivity in the areas, Baghel said that 1028 mobile towers were sanctioned for increasing the telecom facility in Naxal-affected districts, for which locations have been selected and sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs. The towers should be established soon, which could benefit the common people as well as the security forces.

The Chief Minister has also requested in the letter to organize a special recruitment rally by the army for the youth of Bastar and formation of an additional Bastaria battalion of the Central Armed Police Forces, through which the local youths can get employment as well as get better results on the Naxalite front.

He expressed hope in the letter that on getting cooperation from the Center, the government will get a decisive edge in the direction of freeing Chhattisgarh state from the Naxal problem.

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