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Centre aid to Orissa not always enough,timely: Naveen

Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said central support to Orissa has not always been adequate and timely as different ministries

Written by Debabrata Mohanty | Bhubaneswar | Published: April 17, 2012 1:51:39 am

Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday said central support to Orissa has not always been adequate and timely as different ministries were taking undue time in clearing proposals from the state. He said this while speaking at the Chief Ministers’ Conference on Internal Security in New Delhi.

“Many important proposals of the state including placement of two MI-17 helicopters and deputation of experienced field-level officers from central paramilitary forces to Orissa are pending with the Centre for more than a year. The situation on Left Wing Extremism (LWE) as it prevails today,demands timely,adequate and sustained response from the Union government,” he said.

To counter Maoist violence,Naveen demanded that the scheme to modernise the police should be continued for at least 10 more years and the allocation under the scheme for Orissa be doubled during 2012-13 to meet the challenges of rapid urbanisation and industrialisation.

He demanded that Union Communications Ministry expedite installation of mobile towers in Maoist-affected areas. Similarly,the Finance Ministry should urgently evolve a policy of covering every block in the scheduled area with at least one public sector bank branch.

The Chief Minister,who has been under fire from the state Opposition as well the Union Home Ministry for capitulating to the demands of Maoists over the abduction of BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka and two Italian tourists,said his government was committed to fight “anti-national” forces like Maoists.

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