In the letter wrote on Thursday, the Chief Minister urged the Prime Minister to direct the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to waive deployment charges of Rs 4561.23 crore due on Odisha upto October 1, 2020.
He reminded that he had earlier written to the Centre on June 10, 2015, appealing to reconsider the decision of charging Odisha Government for deployment of Central Forces to combat Left Wing Extremism (LWE) in the State.
“In response, the then Union Home Minister had intimated that there had been no change in the extant policy of the Government as approved earlier by the Cabinet Committee on Security. As such, all States except the few Special Category States, viz., North-East, J&K and HP, are required to bear full charges for deployment of CAPFs in their States,” the letter mentioned.
The Chief Minister further mentioned that the MHA also intimated that due to overall constraint of resources, it was not feasible to exempt the State Government from payment of deployment charges.
The Chief Minister argued that as the Left Wing Extremism is a national issue and a grave internal security threat to the integrity of nation, this major challenge has to be addressed by both Government of India and the State Government(s) jointly.
He said that the Government of Odisha Government has been proactive in spending from its scanty resources in creating and deploying security forces even amidst its tight fiscal situation.
“Around 15 battalions of State Police have been raised, specifically to combat Left Wing Extremism. 30,000 posts in police cadre have also been created including armed formations along with Specialised Training Centres and other logistics facilities for their deployment,” he noted in the letter.
“I, therefore, request you again to kindly reconsider the matter and direct the Ministry of Home Affairs to waive the amount that has been charged towards deployment of Central forces in Odisha,” wrote Patnaik.