Rs 1,344 crore allocated to fight Maoists in 2018-19

Rs 1,344 crore allocated to fight Maoists in 2018-19

Rs 1,344 crore allocated to fight Maoists in 2018-19

The government has earmarked Rs 1,344 crore for fighting Maoists and reaching out to people in the Maoist-infested districts with development projects.

The bulk of the allocation, which is detailed in a Budget document 'Output-Outcome FrameWork for Schemes 2018-19', goes to projects proposed by states in the 35 worst Maoist-infested districts.

The budgetary allocation for Special Central Assistance for these districts is Rs 1,000 crore.

Under this, funds would be provided to these districts in seven Maoist-affected states in advance - Rs 28.57 crore per district per annum for three years - for undertaking the projects.

A senior official in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said this scheme is aimed at providing public infrastructure and services like school buildings, anganwadi centres, primary health centres, drinking water supply, village roads and furniture in schools. According to the document, this will help in filling critical gaps of emergent nature not covered under any development scheme.

"The government's policy is multi-prong. Force alone would not help in tackling the Maoist menace. We need to bring the fruits of development to these areas so that people can stand up to the ultras," the official told DH.

Another Rs 200 crore is allocated for Security Related Expenditure (SRE) scheme. This amount would be spent on paying ex gratia to families of civilians and personnel killed in the Maoist violence, insurance premium of police, training and operational requirements, compensation for surrendered Maoists, security-related infrastructure and other expenses of village defence committees.

The scheme is expected to reduce the Maoist violence and number of attacks on security personnel deployed in such areas.

Last year, the Maoists violence remained below 1,000-mark for the first time in eight years but the  number of security personnel killed in action had recorded a rise.

Securing police stations also have got priority with the allocation of Rs 94 crore given under Special Infrastructure Scheme (SIS) for construction of 250 fortified police stations.

This would help in filling critical infrastructure relating to mobility of security forces and secure camping grounds and helipads in remote areas.

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