Pay hike for Maharashtra police officials posted in Naxal-hit Gadchiroli

The formal order will reach Gadchiroli by Monday. Police officers serving in the Naxal-affected district are entitled to higher salaries and incentives, according to Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis.

Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde with Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra Labor Minister Suresh Khade, NCP MLC Shashikant Shinde, BJP MLC Pravin Darekar, BJP MLA Manda Mhatre and others during a program organizing for the 89th birthday of Mathadi leader Annasaheb Patil in Vashi was in Navi Mumbai, Sunday September 25, 2022. (PTI Photo)

The Maharashtra government has agreed to increase the salary of police officers deployed in Naxal-hit Gadchiroli district, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Saturday.

Fadnavis, who attended a district planning committee meeting in Gadchiroli for the region’s holistic development, told reporters that the sensitive Naxal Belt presents policing as an integral aspect of planning.

A demand to increase the salaries of police officers serving in Gadchiroli by a factor of one and a half has been pending with the government for several years.

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Fadnavis said: “The government has pledged to pay higher salaries to police stationed in Naxal-hit Gadchiroli district. Given the challenges in the district, police officers are entitled to higher salaries and incentives. The post in Gadchiroli should be seen as a challenge, not a punishment.”

At the same time, the state government will give every help to the police by equipping them with advanced technology and modern equipment, said Fadnavis, who recently took over as guard minister of six districts including Gadchiroli in Vidarbha region.

Referring to the land adjacent to the Medigadda Dam in the district, which was flooded by the rains and inflicted heavy casualties on farmers, Fadnavis said the government will tender appropriate compensation after assessing the extent of the damage.

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The deputy CM said the state government will make a concerted effort to boost industrial development, improve livelihoods and create jobs in the region. “The Konsari iron ore mining project is being accelerated. The district’s resources from mining are used as a development fund for the holistic growth of the district. The mining projects and their resources are not solely for the purpose of generating profits or promoting development outside the district. The iron ore processing unit should be located in Gadchiroli district to facilitate local employment,” he said.

The Konsari project, which is set at Rs 18,000 crore, is the first major project in Gadchiroli district.

A mining corridor is being developed to avoid hurdles and regulate traffic, the deputy CM said, adding that the sub-district plan also considers a medical college, university and health centers in Gadchiroli.