Bhubaneswar, 5/6 (Odisha Samachar/Debajita Kanungo) – Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik attended the Conference of Chief Ministers on Internal Security at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi today.
At the outset, Chief Minister condemned the recent gruesome attack on a convoy of the Congress Party in Chhattisgarh by the Maoists and stated that such dastardly acts of violence are a threat to democracy and that all out efforts should be made to fight this menace.
Chief Minister informed that there has been an overall improvement in the situation in Odisha in 2012 and 2013 in terms of Maoist violence. The situation however remains difficult in parts of Malkangiri and Koraput districts and challenging in Nuapada, Bolangir and Bargarh districts. He stated that although the State Government has taken several measures to upgrade its capacity to fight Left Wing Extremism, these efforts require continued and additional support from Government of India. To effectively manage the Maoist problems in the State, Chief Minister desired that the Central Government should urgently deploy two additional battalions of
CRPF to contain fresh build up by Maoists in the districts bordering Chhattisgarh and provide one dedicated MI-17 Military Helicopter. He further asserted that installation of mobile towers and DSPTs in the Naxal affected areas may be expedited by the BSNL, allocation under Integrated Action Plan be restored to the level of 2012-13 and the districts of Dhenkanal and Bargarh should be included under IAP.
On other Internal Security issues, Hon’ble Chief Minister demanded enhanced provision for construction of Marine Police Stations, adequate & timely release of funds for Modernisation of Police Force and extension of Mega City Police Scheme to cover the city of Bhubaneswar.
Chief Minister stated that the Odisha Protection of Interest of Depositors Bill passed by the State Legislature is awaiting Presidential Assent, which should be expedited by the Home Ministry. This would provide the necessary legal framework to the Economic Offence Wing of the State, which has taken up investigation of a number of financial frauds relating to money circulation schemes.
Hon’ble Chief Minister mentioned that there has been an increase in pressure on Civil Police due to important commitments towards prompt handling of offences against women, weaker sections and vulnerable population. The situation demands additional resources to increase the strength of the Civil Police. He sought Government of India’s support for raising the Civil Police numbers by meeting their full cost for the first five years after which Central support could be slowly phased out.
Concluding his address, Hon’ble Chief Minister mentioned that though the Central Government have made some changes in the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre, all the issues have still not been addressed. He asserted that the federal rights of the State should be respected and protected at all costs and no direct or indirect interference in the autonomy of the State shall be tolerated.