Naxal menace: Centre calls meeting of CMs of Naxal-hit states today

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: To chalk out action plan and new strategy to combat Maoist-menace, the Centre has convened a meeting of Chief Ministers (CMs) of naxal -affected States on Tuesday in Delhi.

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

Official sources said the meeting will discuss security related interventions, development initiatives, ensuring rights and entitlements 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.

Odisha government is likely to raise the issues like progress of Gurupriya river bridge in Malkangiri and compensation to the people affected by the rebels.

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.

However, Narayanpatna area of Koraput district continues to be a base of the Maoists.