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he Union Home Minister, Shri Shivraj Patil reviewed here today the Naxal situation in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. Senior officers of the two States briefed him about the situation and the steps taken by the State Governments to deal with it. They also apprised him of the utilization of the funds, provided by the Central Government. The Home Minister accepted the request of the Jharkhand Government to provide additional five companies of Para Military Forces for the required period. The Chhattisgarh Government’s request for additional Para Military Forces will also be considered by the Ministry. Shri Patil, however, asked the two State Governments to make use of the Para Military Forces for operational purposes and not for normal law and order or static guard duties. The Centre has already provided 13 battalions of Para Military Forces to Chattisgarh and 5 to Jharkhand. Expressing concern over the slow pace of filling up of vacancies in the two states, the Home Minister said that the process required to be speeded up. This will not only help strengthen security, but also provide employment to local people. He asked the two State Governments to strengthen their intelligence wings and also ensure optimal and timely utilization of the funds granted under various central schemes. The Home Minister expressed satisfaction at some successful anti-Naxalite operations carried out recently, and emphasized the need to follow a pro-active strategy in both the States. The review meeting on Jharkhand was attended, among others, by the DGP of the State and the meeting on Chhattisgarh, among others, by the Chief Secretary and DGP of the State. Both the meetings were attended, among others, by the Union Home Secretary, Shri Madhukar Gupta, DG, CRPF, Shri S.I.S. Ahmed and senior officers of the Home Ministry.
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