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More funds to fight Naxalites

BS Reporter  |  Kolkata/ Raipur 

The Chhattisgarh government has increased budget allocation for the home department in a move combat the Naxalites in the state as it was one of the worst affected by the insurgency.

“The state government reiterates its commitment to combat Naxalite violence in the state and the police budget for 2009-10 has been increased by 22 per cent to Rs 941 crore,” Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said today after presenting the budget for fiscal 2009-10.

The state government will give special focus on security related infrastructural needs in the worst affected districts of Bijapur and Dantewada, he added.

The outlay for capital expenditure stands at Rs 3569 crore with Rs 1761 crore earmarked for roads, bridges and buildings.

Dr Singh announced to distribute medicated mosquito nets to all the families in the worst Malaria affected districts of Bastar region—the hot bed of Naxal movement. As part of the strategy to combat malnutrition amongst children and pregnant mothers, the outlay for supplementary nutrition programme has been doubled to Rs 328 crore and allocation for mid-day meal programme has been increased by 21 per cent to Rs 290 crore.

Bicycles will be provided to all 34,000 Anganwadi workers.

Government will provide subsidy of Rs 100 per LPG gas connection for women. The state government has also made a whooping 43 per cent increase in the allocation for school education, including recruitment of 35,000 new teachers to take care of the existing gaps at secondary level; upgradation of existing schools and provision of Rs 100 crore towards state's share for the Secondary Education Mission.

The budget aims at overcoming the infrastructural gaps in education and health sectors and provides an outlay of Rs 28 crore for 100 per cent completion of buildings for primary health centers and ITIs.

Special provision of Rs 25 crore has been allocated for providing additional drinking water sources in the 34 drought affected blocks falling under the rain shadow area. A sum of Rs 186 crore has been allocated for scarcity relief works in the eight drought affected districts.

First Published: Tue, February 10 2009. 00:13 IST
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