Centre to meet State CMs today to combat Maoist-menace

Bhubaneswar, November 3: To chalk out action plan and new strategy to combat Maoist-menace, the Centre has compiled a meeting of Chief Ministers  of naxal -affected States on today in Delhi.

The meeting will be attended by district Collectors and Superintendents of Police of 35 most affected districts of the country.  Malkangiri and Koraput districts of Odisha are scheduled to attend the meet.

Offiicial sources said the meeting will discuss security related interference, development initiatives, ensuring rights and eligibility of the forest dwellers and management of public perception.

Besides, proper rehabilitation to the families of those who are killed in Maoist violence, construction of 2199 mobile towers in naxal infested areas, functioning of post offices and banks in the affected areas are in today's agenda to be discussed, sources said.

Though Maoist activities in the State have come down substantially, they are still active in Koraput and Malkangiri districts.

So far, 29 Maoist cadres have been arrested in Malkangiri districts. Large number of Maoist sympathisers have also surrendered in the district.

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