Rajnath reviews development projects in extremist infested States

NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has reviewed the developmental projects relating to roads, bridges, railway lines, mobile towers, post offices, banking infrastructure, education, health, radio and TV connectivity, forest and environmental clearances in the Left wing extremist (LWE) affected States of Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Odisha and Maharashtra here on Monday.

Speaking at a meeting with Chief Ministers of these States, Mr. Singh said the Bastar region required special attention for early completion of developmental projects and a coordinated action for tackling Left wing extremism problems in the area.

Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways & Shipping Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Communications & IT Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Human Resource Development Smriti Irani, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary and Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore besides Chief Ministers of (LWE) affected States attended the meeting.

The Union Ministers, after hearing the views of the Chief Ministers, agreed that the extremist affected States in general and Bastar region in particular required special assistance from the Centre and the Government of India may consider necessary relaxations in the policies and schemes for the development of these areas.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said some 700 km of sanctioned roads were yet to be completed in the State in addition to the construction of two major bridges. Some 900 sites for installing mobile towers had been finalized and approximately the same number of sites are still to be finalized.

The issue of opening more post offices and banking infrastructure in the extremist dominated areas was also highlighted in the meeting. The Chief Minister also brought out the need for installing higher capacity TV/radio stations, including FM radio stations for better connectivity in the Bastar region. The requirement of more schools with residential facilities was also highlighted.

Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis also highlighted the issue of pending road works of about 150 km and the work on Indirawati bridge. The Chief Minister also raised the issue of construction work of laying railway track in the extremist affected areas. The Chief Secretaries and Directors General of Odisha and Telangana also highlighted the developmental projects pending in their States and sought necessary Central assistance required for their early clearances and completions. (NSS)

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