Sunday, November 4, 2007

Special package for kin of Naxal victims in Orissa

Saturday November 3 2007 10:01 IST

Express News Service

BHUBANEWWAR: The State Government has decided to give a special allowance to employees working in the Naxalite affected areas of the State.

A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting presided over by Home Secretary TK Mishra recently. A three-member delegation from the Centre also attended.

The State Government will prepare a special package for the families of those killed in Naxal violence. Both these proposals will be placed in the next meeting of the State Cabinet for approval. Official sources said a pilot project will be implemented in Malkangiri and Rayagada districts to contain the activities of the Left wing extremists.

To solve the unemployment problem in the tribal dominated districts the State Government has decided to relax physical and educational criteria for appointment to government jobs including police personnel for Scheduled Tribe youths.

The same procedure will be adopted for anganwadi workers.

Official sources said that the Border Road Organisation and Police Housing Corporation will be entrusted with construction of roads in Naxalite affected pockets.

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