Bhubaneswar: Odisha has made significant achievements in curbing Leftwing extremism (LWE) activities. This was informed by the Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy after a meeting on the Maist issue at the Lok Seva Bhawan here on Thursday.
“The Maoist-affected districts have been reduced from 15 to five. This has been possible due to continuous anti-Maoist drives and strengthening of the intelligence machinery,” he said. Now the focus is on expeditious implementation of developmental programmes in the areas made free of Maoist effect, he added.
The Chief Secretary emphasised on development of road connectivity, telecommunication and banking services to curb the Maoist menace. He said after construction of the Gurupriya Bridge developmental activities have been expedited in the Swabhiman area. The Government is constantly making efforts to ensure that such development also takes place in the southern districts, he said.
“A strategy of weeding out Maoists from Odisha would be framed in a national-level meeting to be held on August 26 at New Delhi under the chairmanship of Union Home Minister Amit Shah,” he added. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his counterparts from other Maoist-hit States are scheduled to attend the meeting.
Among others, Home Secretary Sanjeev Chopra, DGP-in-Charge Bijay Kumar Sharma were present in the meeting.