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New Delhi : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a High Level Meeting to review the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) situation in Chhattisgarh here on November 3, 2017. The meeting was attended by CM of Chhattisgarh Dr Raman Singh, Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Chief Secretary of Chhattisgarh, DG, CRPF, and senior officers of the Union Home Ministry and the Chhattisgarh administration.

During the meeting, it was brought out that the declining trend of LWE violence continues across the country which has seen an overall reduction of 21% in incidents of violence over corresponding period last year. The Left Wing Extremists continue to remain under pressure with ever shrinking influence, both in terms of geographical spread and public support. Security and development related measures required to achieve the same were discussed. The Home Minister assured the Chief Minister of all possible support to the State to achieve this objective, according to a PIB release.

As part of the multi-pronged strategy to deal with LWE, the Central Government gives equal focus to development measures to bring LWE affected districts at par with other areas. Towards this end, the Central Government has approved a Special Central Assistance Scheme for 35 worst affected LWE districts with an annual outlay of Rs 1,000 crore. Important development schemes include the Road Requirement Plan Phase–I under which Chhattisgarh was sanctioned 1,988 km of road of which 1,351 km have been completed. Under the newly launched RRP-II, Chhattisgarh has been sanctioned a further 891 km of road. To improve mobile connectivity, 519 mobile towers have been installed in Phase-I. Another 1,028 towers are being planned in Phase-II of the project, according to the PIB release.

As part of efforts to enhance skill development, Chhattisgarh has been sanctioned 9 ITIs and 14 Skill Development Centres.

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