Centre plans special benefits for armed forces in Naxal areas

The government has decided that any infrastructure activities in LWE affected areas would be taken up only after the area has been cleared of rebels.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:June 7, 2014 5:02 am

The new government is planning a blueprint for Maoist affected areas with incentives for bureaucrats and personnel belonging to the central armed police forces who serve in these areas. The government also decided that any developmental and infrastructure activities in the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected areas would be taken up only after the area has been cleared of rebels.

Union Home minister Rajnath Singh, who convened a meeting with all the senior officials including MoS Home Kiren Rijiju, also decided to rename the Naxal management division of the MHA to LWE division — a term coined by former Home minister P Chidambaram.

The government may give the officials special monetary benefits, out-of-turn promotions and choice posting after completing their tenure successfully in Maoist-affected places. The incentives are aimed at attracting talented IAS and IPS officers to work in Naxal-hit areas.

Flagging Naxal area as the “most dangerous zone” in the country, the government will also enhance hardship allowance for CAPF personnel deployed in these areas to more than what they get while serving in J&K and North-eastern region.

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