Rajnath Singh reviews security scenario in LWE-hit districts of Maharashtra

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New Delhi, August 28, 2015

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the security scenario in the left-wing extremism (LWE)-affected districts of Gadchiroli and Gondia districts in Maharashtra at a high-level meeting here yesterday.
The meeting was attended by, among others, Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways & Shipping Nitin Gadkari and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. 
Both Mr Gadkari and Mr Fadnavis were of the view that this is the right time to start mining activities in Gadchiroli as the LWE violence has reduced considerably. 
The Maharashtra government requested for additional deployment of four battalions of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and two battalions of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to strengthen security in the LWE-hit areas for this purpose. Presently, five battaions of CRPF are deployed in Gadchiroli. 
Mr Rajnath Singh assured them that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) would discuss this issue with the Directors General of CRPF and CISF and take an appropriate decision.
While Gondia has not witnessed any major incident in the past two years, the level of violence in Gadchiroli has come down, an official press release said. The two districts are rich in iron ore and other minerals. A number of private companies have shown interest in starting mining activities in these areas. However, due to the LWE threat, these companies have not been able to make any progress in the past. 
Mr Gadkari proposed to train 10-15 thousand local youths through skill development institutes that the State Government intends to set up in association with these private companies. He also gave a detailed account of the potential that exists in Gadchiroli and Gondia. State Government officials also gave a detailed presentation on the issue of mining, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities of various companies and security aspects in the two districts. 
The meeting was convened to strengthen security arrangements so that iron ore and dolomite mining and social infrastructure like hospitals, schools, skill development activities, polytechnics can be taken up in Gadchiroli and Gondia districts.
Union Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Guardian Minister of Gadchiroli, MPs of Gadchiroli and Gondia, Union Home Secretary LC Goyal and senior MHA and State Government officials attended the meeting.