Time to move forward on development front: Rajnath Singh

ANI | Updated: Dec 29, 2017 23:19 IST

New Delhi [India], Dec. 29 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that there was a considerable improvement in the overall security situation in the country and it was time to move forward on the development front.

Rajnath said the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) situation is under control, which has been made possible due to the joint efforts of the security forces and the development initiatives undertaken by both the Centre and the States.

"Overall security situation in the country has shown considerable improvement. The LWE situation is well under control and this has been possible due to the efforts of the Security Forces and the development initiatives undertaken by both the Centre and the States," Rajnath said.

He made the statement while chairing a meeting here to discuss the development issues regarding the LWE affected States of Jammu and Kashmir, North-East States and the Union Territories.

The meeting was attended by Union Minister Harsh Vardhan, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State for Communications (I/C) and Railways Manoj Sinha and MoS (Home) Hansraj Gangaram Ahir and other officials.

The panel discussed to increase the limit of general approval, under the Forest Conservation Act, 1980, from five hectares to 40 hectares for all linear projects.

They are also planning to upgrade 2187 mobile towers installed in Phase-I and installation of 4072 new mobile towers in Phase-11.

In the meeting operationalisation of approved 1789 post offices, approval for additional 4173 post offices in the 106 LWE affected districts and provision of core banking services in these post offices dragged the concern of the government.

The Center is also planning to improve the education infrastructure and providing solar pumps, lamps and street lights in LWE affected districts.

Improvement of communication infrastructure in the North-East, Jammu & Kashmir and Lakshadweep was also discussed. (ANI)