Naveen seeks rail, banking, telecom networks in Maoist-hit dists

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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday sought the Centre’s cooperation in improving railway, banking and telecom networks in the Maoist-infested areas of the state.

Patnaik put forth the demands during the inter-state council meeting on anti-Maoist operations in Delhi. The meeting was presided over by union home minister Amit Shah.

Speaking to the mediapersons after the meeting, Patnaik said, “I have demanded that the Left- Wing Extremists (LWE) infested areas of the state get better rail connectivity, telecom networks and banking facilities.”

He said that the state government is willing to provide land free of cost and also bear half of the project cost of the railway projects connecting two Maoist disturbed districts of Malkangiri and Nabarangpur.

“I hope the Centre would comply to my demands,” the Odisha CM said.

Among others, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel, Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath, UP CM Yogi Adityanath and Jharkhand CM Raghubhar Das were present at the meeting.

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