Chhattisgarh police get Rs.9.4 billion to counter Maoists

February 9th, 2009 - 9:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, Feb 9 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh government Monday allocated Rs.9.41 billion (Rs.941 crore), a hike of 22 percent from last year’s allocations, for the police force to counter Leftist insurgency in the state.

Chief Minister Raman Singh, who also holds the finance portfolio, presented a Rs.222.11 billion budget that levies no new taxes for the fiscal 2009-10. The budget has a deficit component of Rs.11.85 billion.

“The government is committed to combat Maoist or Naxalite violence. The steep budgetary hike of 22 percent for the police is made with special focus on security related infrastructure needs in the worst affected district of Bijapur and Dantewada,” Singh told the media after presenting the maiden budget of his second term.

He said the government wants to strengthen the police force in the Maoist-affected areas to counter the guerrillas.

“Now the cops strength at each police outpost will go up to 27 as against the earlier figure of just eight and at police stations the number will touch 65 as against the existing set up of 32,” the 56-year-old chief minister said.

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