Kolkata: In order to strengthen infrastructure of police stations in three Naxal-hit districts of West Bengal, the state government has sent a proposal to the Centre demanding grants for the purpose.

State Inspector General of Police (Organisation) Kuldeep Singh informed, “Under the Centre’s policy for Naxal-affected states, a proposal has been sent to the Union Government to upgrade 18 police stations in the districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia. It is expected to provide Rs 2 crore for construction, repairing and upgradation process.”

He pointed out that 400 police stations in 83 districts of eight Naxal-affected states have been funded by the Centre so far. Of the police stations set for renovation, eight are in West Midnapore, six in Purulia and four in Bankura.

Not only rejuvenation, the fund will also be utilised to purchase hi-tech weapons and devices.

The state has also sought grant of Rs 10 crore from the Centre under its Special Infrastructure Plan for the development of police stations, checkpoints and camps in far flung rural areas. In 2006, the scheme was initially launched for the purpose of the construction of roads and fortification of prisons.

The state received grants of Rs 10.6 crore in 2009-10 which was raised to Rs 12.86 crore in 2010-11. However, the Centre has yet not provided the grant of Rs 10 crore for the ongoing financial year.

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