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On Monday, the Central Government has deployed a chopper to help security forces fighting Maoists in the Orissa state. Acceding to the state’s long standing demand, the Centre has placed the chopper into service for security personnel in the battle against extremists.

The 24-seater Pawan Hans MI-172 has reached Koraput and would be moved to other places as per requirements. It will carry security personnel and arms during anti-moist operations. It will also be helpful in carrying injured security personnel to medical destinations for immediate treatment.

Inspector General of Police (Operations) Y B Khurania said, “It has been placed at our disposal and will be moved as per requirements.”

According to sources, initially the State Government would bear the operational cost of the chopper. Later this is to be reimbursed by the Union Home Ministry under the Security Related Expenditure Scheme (SRES). The Union Government have released 12 crore towards outstanding dues under the SRES.

Sources told that the Centre has instructed the state to use the chopper for at least one hour every day. An hour-long operation will cost around Rs 1.5 crore daily.

Orissa has been requesting the Central Government to provide 3 dedicated choppers to handle the guerrillas, who are active in more than half of the Orissa’s 30 districts.

Orissa deploys chopper to boost anti-moist fight
Originally published on: All India Today

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