Chhattisgarh CM attends meeting of chief ministers of LWE-affected states
Discussed topics related to security, coordination between states and development
Raipur, August 27
Chhattisgarh’s Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said that his government will eliminate Naxals from the state with the help of development policies, security and trust and demanded more funds from the Centre to combat the menace.
Speaking at a meeting of chief ministers of LWE-affected states at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Monday, Baghel said “the Centre should provide 100 per cent funds instead of 60 per cent to Chhattisgarh for construction of roads under Rural Roads Project-II.”
He said that Chhattisgarh state is bigger than Kerala in terms of area and being a Naxal affected state construction of roads in remote areas is difficult.
The meeting was chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and attended by Minister of State Home Affairs G Krishna Reddy, Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla and chief ministers of LWE-affected states.
Elaborating on the steps taken by his government towards development and building trust amongst the people of the state, the chief minister said that the government has distributed forest rights certificates to forest dwellers and re-started schools damaged and demolished by Naxals in Bastar region of the state.
He said that the state has witnessed less Naxal incidents this year as compared to last year. He added that the state government has also taken initiative in the direction of providing more job opportunities to locals. He further said that Jawahar Setu Yojana has been launched to provide road connectivity to remote villages.
Informing the meeting about the works done by his government, the chief minister said wages of tendupatta collector has been raised from Rs 2500 per standard sack to Rs 4000 per standard sack. Health checkups, treatment and distribution of medicines facilities have been expanded in tribal-dominated regions of the state under “Mukhyamantri Haat Bazaar Clinic Scheme”.
He said that the government will start providing free of cost nutritious food daily at each gram panchayat in the state from October 2, 2019 i.e. on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. It will prove to be a hallmark step in eradicating malnutrition and anemia from the state, he added.
Drawing the Centre’s attention towards development in the field of security and coordination between states, the chief minister said six states including Chhattisgarh have set up unified command for anti-Naxal operations. He also informed that the state has completed construction of more than 1550 km of roads under Road Requirement Project- 1 (RRP-1).
Detailing about new initiatives taken by his government for forest dwellers, Baghel said the government has started taking back fraud cases against tribals, setting up food processing units in tribal-dominated areas to provide job opportunities, returning lands in Lohandigunda, distributing revenue ‘patta’ in Abujhmaad region etc. Chhattisgarh Chief Secretary Sunil Kujur and DGP D M Awasthi were also present at the meeting.