According to sources, Home Ministry is likely to assure states of all support from the Centre to fight Naxalism.

Chief Secretaries and DGPs of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will brief the Home Minister about the Left wing extremism scenario in their states.

The issue of bringing synergy between states and Centre to tackle the problem will also be discussed in the meeting.

Singh is also expected to take stock of a new initiative of the Home Ministry to give special monetary benefits, out-of-turn promotions and choice posting to bureaucrats and security personnel operating in Maoist-hit areas considered ‘dangerous’.

At present, a paramilitary constable serving in Jammu and Kashmir gets around Rs 8,000 per month in addition to his or her normal salary and other entitlements.

Performance of state governments in Centrally-sponsored projects like security-related expenditure, special infrastructure scheme, fortified police stations and infrastructure availability in central paramilitary forces camps will be reviewed by the Home Minister.

Presentations will be given on development projects like integrated action plan, road projects and installation of over 2,199 mobile phone towers in Naxal-hit areas.

Construction of around 5,000 km roads at a cost of Rs 10,000 crore are under various stages and plans to set up the mobile phone towers at a cost of Rs 3,000 crore is yet to start.

Flagging Naxal areas as the 'most dangerous zone' in the country, the government is planning to enhance hardship allowance given to paramilitary personnel deployed at these places more than what they get while serving in Jammu and Kashmir and Northeastern region.

(JPN/Agencies)        

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