Bhubaneswar: The state government today urged the Centre to open branches of nationalized banks in the unbanked gram panchayats(GPs) in Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected areas.
Participating in a video conference with Union Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha to review both security and developmental issues in LWE affected districts in Odisha, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said that in the absence of any banking facility in about 85 percent GPs, it becomes extremely difficult to carry forward the schemes aimed at financial Inclusion of the residents in the tribal dominated districts. .
Focusing upon the need for data connectivity in these areas, the Chief Secretary urged the Union Telecommunication Ministry to upgrade the existing towers to at least 3G level.
The Chief Secretary requested the Centre for allocating more funds to the state under solar water pump scheme and solar lantern as these schemes have been very successful and popular among people in LWE areas.
He further urged the Cabinet Secretary for release of central grant of Rs 280 crore under security related expenditure, the accounts of which have already been audited and approved.
The Chief Secretary described the urgency starting the construction work of 130Km long Jeypore-Malkangiri Railway Line (130 km). The State Government had signed an MoU with Ministry of Railways on October 10, 2016 for construction of the project under joint collaboration.
He apprised the Cabinet Secretary that only 50 percent of the Central grant has been received by the state government so far though the state government has provided its full share.