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Pinarayi seeks Central aid to combat ultras

Venkatesan R | | Updated on: Jul 17, 2016

In the backdrop of reports claiming some Keralites joining certain terrorist outfits abroad, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has asked the Centre to offer more support and assistance for collection of intelligence in this regard.

Speaking during the 11th Inter-State Council meet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Saturday, Vijayan said the State government is handling the matter “legally with due sensitiveness.”

Plan panel

Among other issues, Vijayan also expressed his reservation over dismantling of Planning Commission, terming the move as “unfortunate” and insisted that the dispensation of the erstwhile body should be restored.

“Dispensation of Planning Commission should be restored so that even the remote areas will figure in the comprehensive and planned development of the nation,” he said.

Vijayan also sought a special scheme for the State to upgrade and modernise the State police intelligence by pointing to the activities of “Left-wing extremists” in the northern districts bordering Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

He demanded a discussion in the standing committee over the Punchhi Commission report which had recommended an effective restructuring of Centre-State relations.

Coastal security

Kerala has also demanded grant to start Coastal Police Training School, Marine IR battalion and a Counter Insurgency and Anti-terrorism school in the State.

Vijayan also met Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in the evening and discussed various issues pertaining to the development of railways in the state and suggested floating a State-Railways joint venture to expedite the development of railways in Kerala.

Published on January 17, 2018

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