Odisha Current Affairs - 2019
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The government has swung into action to beef up security in Naxal affected States after top Chhattisgarh Congress leaders including several people were killed in recent Naxal attacks. In one such step, the telecom ministry has decided to fast-track the ambitious project of setting up 2,199 mobile towers in nine Naxal-affected States, a move that would give operational advantage to security forces while dealing with the menace of Left Wing Extremism (LWE). The project has been long delayed mainly due to costing issues.
The proposed towers will be set up in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Central armed police forces as well as State police have been demanding setting up of mobile towers to aid them in executing operations against the Naxals more effectively. The project is expected to commence within next few months by the State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). Of the total amount, Rs.1,469 crore would go for setting up of 2,199 cellular towers, while around Rs.1,600 crore would be spent on operating these towers over the next 5 years.
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Eastern Zonal Council: Comprises of States of Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal. The 20th meeting of Eastern Zonal Council recently held in Kolkata. The meeting was chaired by Shri Sushilkumar Shinde, Union Home Minister.
Several key issues discussed amongst the participating states included: domestic security, trouble of naxalism, communal harmony, security on the national highways, utilization and allotment of coal and other natural resources, allocation of land for CRPF to set up battalion camping sites, issues linked to police administration, border area improvement program, beefing up of vigilance establishment in the states to deal with corruption, issues concerning to scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, etc.