BHUBANESWAR: Against the backdrop of Covid-induced financial slowdown, depleting treasury and requirement of extra funds to handle the healthcare disaster, the state authorities on Thursday urged the Centre to waive costs of Rs four,561.23 crore in the direction of the deployment of Central armed police forces (CAPFs) within the Maoist-affected districts in Odisha.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and requested him to direct the ministry of residence affairs (MHA) to waive the pending costs in the direction of the deployment of the Central forces within the districts, affected by left-wing extremism (LWE).
Currently, 10 districts (Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagada, Bargarh, Balangir, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Kandhamal, and Sundargarh) of the entire 30 districts in Odisha are affected by left-wing extremism (LWE). At current, a complete of 48 corporations of Border Security Force (BSF) and 34 corporations of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been stationed in these LWE-affected districts.
Naveen mentioned the LWE menace must be tackled collectively by the Centre and the state. “Naxal violence has spread to large areas of our country. LWE is a national issue and poses a grave internal security threat to the integrity of the nation. This major challenge has to be addressed by both the Centre and state governments jointly,” Naveen wrote to Modi.
Naveen mentioned the state authorities has been spending from its personal scanty sources in creating and deploying safety forces amid its tight fiscal scenario. Around 15 battalions have been raised and 30,000 posts within the state police cadre created to combat the LWE menace.
“Considering the fact that addressing LWE is an issue of joint responsibility, the state government has been doing a lot to combat the menace. The Centre may appreciate the difficulties of states like Odisha while charging for such deployment of Central forces for dealing with LWE. I request you to kindly consider the matter and direct the MHA to waive the amount,” Naveen mentioned.
In his letter, Naveen mentioned he had requested the Centre in 2015 to rethink the choice of charging the state authorities for the deployment of the Central forces. However, the Centre had turned down Naveen’s request and mentioned that there had been no change within the extant coverage of the Centre as permitted earlier by the Cabinet committee on safety.
“All states except the few Special Category states such as North-East, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh were required to bear full charges for the deployment of CAPFs in their states. Due to the overall constraint of resources, it was not feasible to exempt the State government from payment of deployment charges,” learn Naveen’s letter, quoting the then residence minister Rajnath Singh.