Raipur, April 10: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said the Centre should make special arrangements of the development of banking and communication facilities in the remote areas of the state. He was speaking at the 11th meeting of the Inter-state Council which was held in New Delhi on Sunday to discuss states suggestions on the recommendations of Punchi Commission.
Speaking on his suggestions on the financial matter, Singh said the banking coverage in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh is only 10% and in Sarguja region, it is only 15%. Commercial banks hesitate to open branches in these areas. Making special provision is necessary in such a scenario.
He said, for opening branches in Bastar, commercial banks should be allowed to open two-three branches in A-plus cities as encouragement. The Union Finance Minister and the Union Home Minister acknowledged it as a good suggestion and expressed willingness to execute it.
The Chief Minister also said that private telecom companies do not give priorities to the development of communication network in tribal areas, and in such situation, states should be given their shares under USOF fund so that they can develop telecommunication network in remote tribal areas like Bastar at the state-level itself.
Singh also sought to restart the Central Assistance Funds for eight Naxal-affected districts of Chhattisgarh. The meeting was chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and ministers of other states were also present in the meeting.