A budgetary allocation of Rs58 crore for the year of 2020-21 has been made from security-related expenses (SRE) provision for the police department in three Maoist-infested districts in eastern Vidarbha — Gadchiroli, Gondia, and Chandrapur.
It’s learned the funds, sanctioned through the efforts of Gadchiroli guardian minister Eknath Shinde, would be spent on various needs of the department including the construction of police assistance posts. The funds would also be spent on rehabilitation of surrendered Maoists, compensatory assistance to dependents of civilians who had fallen victim to Maoist violence, etc.
‘Jan jagaran melawas’ or public gatherings for awareness programs conducted in Maoist-affected places by the police department to win the confidence of the masses would also get a boost from the budgetary allocation.
Several such melawas have been organized in remote places of the district in 2019 and 2020.
(With inputs from TimesOfIndia)