15 districts in Odisha affected by Maoist activities: Minister

15 districts in Odisha affected by Maoist activities: Minister

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Bhubaneswar, Nov 26: As many as 15 districts in Odisha are affected by Maoist activities, Minister of state for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra told the state Assembly today.

Replying to a question of Mr Santosh Singh Saluja (Cong), the Minister said–Angul, Baragarha, Bolangir, Boudh, Deogarha, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Nayagarha, Nuapada, Rayagada, Sambalpur and Sundergarh districts are affected by the red rebels. Mr.Mishra said as many as 17 people including three Police personnel, three Central security Force employees and 11 common people were killed in 115 cases of exchange of fire between security personnel and Maoists from 2015 to October 2019.

While three central security forces were killed in 2015, one Police personnel each killed in 2016, 2017 and 2019. Similarly six people were killed in 2015 and five in 2016. The Minister said the government is implementing a surrender and rehabilitation policy to rehabilitate and bring the Maoists to the main stream. As per the policy, the government is providing up to Rs 2.5 lakh assistance, to medium and lower cadre Maoists who surrenders. Steps are being taken to hike it to Rs 5 lakh, the Minister said.

This apart the government is also providing Rs 45,000 as house building assistance, four decimal home stead land or Rs 25,000, Rs 3,000 educational assistance to the children of Maoists, Rs 25,000 marriage assistance to unmarried Maoists and arrangement for imparting vocational training to surrendered Maoists.

The government, he said, at present providing Rs 4,000 per month for a period of 36 months for getting vocational training which would be raised to Rs 6,000 per month. Similarly, the government is providing a compensation of Rs 20 lakh to the next kin of security personnel killed in Maoist violence and Rs eight lakh for security personnel injured in Maoist attack.

The government, Mr.Mishra said is also providing a study allowance of Rs 1,000 per month to two children of the deceased security personnel up to post graduation, job to a family member of the deceased in Group B post and special pension, four decimal land in urban areas or 10 decimal land in rural areas to the family members of the deceased security police personnel.

An assistance of Rs four lakh is being provided by the state government to the family members of people killed by Maoists and Rs five lakh assistance by the central government. (UNI)