RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh will receive Rs 130 crore from the Centre for strengthening more than 60 Naxal-hit police stations in the state, official sources said on Thursday.
A decision in this regard was taken on Wednesday at a meeting of chief ministers of Naxal-affected states, which was chaired by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, they said.
The meeting had cleared the proposal to fund the strengthening of 65 police stations in the affected districts at the rate of Rs 2 crore per police station.
Official sources said the Chief Minister, Mr Raman Singh had demanded quick sanction of the fund and appealed to the Prime Minister to give his nod for immediate induction of 3,000 special police officers in Chhattisgarh. Dr Singh also raised the issue of utilisation of 8 per cent of the forestland in the tribal state for building schools and health centres for Adivasis.
Eight per cent of the total 44 per cent forestland in Chhattisgarh is covered by shrubs and bushes and cannot be classified under forestland and hence it should be put to better use by building infrastructure for development of tribals, he said.
The Chief Minister also emphasised on the need for a provision to contribute 10 per cent of the revenue of public sector units in the state to local area fund to promote holistic development of the region.