Rajnath Singh promises help to 4 eastern states to fight Naxalism

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Patna, Jan 17: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has promised the four eastern states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal of all possible help for strengthening their internal security.

Singh, who chaired the 21st meeting of the Eastern Zonal Council on Froday, stressed better coordination between the states and the central agencies to deal with menace like Naxalism.

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The minister said his government at the Centre would consider the issue of funding for modernisation of the state police on merit and assured of looking into the demand for deploying additional central forces in the areas influenced by the Naxalites.

Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das who assumed office recently and representatives from Odisha and Bengal were present on the occasion.

Besides Naxalism and police modernisation, Singh also spoke to the state officials on issues like road connectivity, railway projects, water management, flood control, rural housing and central funds for development activities.

The council met after a gap of two years and reviewed the implementation of the ideas projected at the last meeting held in Kolkata in 2013.

The council also took over issues suggested by the Inter-State Council in relation to amendment of its rules and also regarding holding meeting of the council and the standing committee regularly.

Bihar raised the demand for special status during the meeting.

The next meeting of the council will be held in Ranchi later this year, sources in the home ministry said.

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