DEMAND FOR WAIVING COST OF DEPLOYMENT OF CENTRAL POLICE FORCES INCURRED BY STATES
SHRI AMAR PATNAIK (Odisha):Sir, admittedly, Left Wing Extremism is a grave internal security threat to the integrity of the nation. Even though law and order is a State subject, naxalism is not. At one time, it had spread across 60 districts, mostly in five States of the country taking toll of hundreds of lives besides impeding development efforts in some of the remotest and poorest regions in these States. My state Odisha has also suffered the brunt of naxalism for decades. Eighteen out of thirty districts were once under the influence of naxal terror. It has substantially reduced now due to the proactive action of the State Government. Whatever success has been achieved in tackling this problem has been possible only due to the combined effort of both the Centre and the State. The Centre has deployed paramilitary forces to supplement the State effort. Besides, this issue cannot be treated as a mere law and order issue. It includes developmental deficit in these districts for which the Centre had earlier framed the IAP and the BRGF which have however been closed now. Despite the above facts, letters are being received from the Centre regularly for recovery of the cost of deployment of these forces from these States. Hon. Chief Minister of Odisha has repeatedly requested the Centre to waive off this amount. It is, therefore, requested that this expenditure may be met from the Central resources and the cost of deployment incurred by the States so far, Rs. 34,655 crores as on 1.10.2017; Odisha - Rs. 2,907 crore, Jharkhand - Rs. 6,778 crores and Chhattisgarh - Rs. 9,082 crores be completely waived off.