The deaths due to Naxal violence in the country has declined by a massive 42% in 2015 compared to 2013, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said during a meeting to review the progress in the development works being undertaken in the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected states.

The meeting was attended by the Chief Secretaries of the seven LWE-affected states, viz., Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Telengana and Maharashtra.

During the meeting, special projects in LWE affected areas such as construction of roads, installation of mobile towers, and development measures such as schools with hostel facilities were discussed.

According to MHA officials, a decision was also taken to upgrade the multi-specialty hospital at Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh, which is one of the worst Naxal affected districts in the country

“Several other  issues such as installation of mobile towers in Naxal affected areas, increasing the reach of networks of DD and AIR, improvement in programmes, expansion of railway lines, banking & postal services were also discussed in detail”, an official said.

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