Bhubaneswar, Aug 26: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today demanded induction of two additional Battalions of Central Armed Police Forces, installation of mobile towers and rail connectivity to effectively prevent the influx of outside LWE cadres in the state. Mr Patnaik made these demands while participating the Review Meeting on Left Wing Extremism (LWE) with Chief Ministers of Affected States under the Chairmanship of Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi today. The Chief Minister sought the support of the Central Government in early installation of mobile towers at 866 locations in the LWE affected areas and placement of a dedicated helicopter for the State.
He suggested that railway connectivity projects to Malkangiri and Nabarangpur districts should be completed within 36 months. The State Government, the chief minister said has committed to provide land free of cost and also bear a substantial portion of project cost.He also requested that the pending Rs.227 crore under the SRE Scheme should be released early and urged the Central Government to waive the deployment charge of CAPFs stating that ensuring the internal security is a constitutional obligation of the Union Government. Besides Patnaik, Minister of State for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra, the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police attended the meeting.(UNI)