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Govt strategy on Naxals, focus on development and deployment
Published on 1 May. 2010 12:09 AM IST
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Government today apprised MPs belonging to 33 worst Naxal-affected districts about its strategy, especially development schemes, and sought their cooperation in the task to deal with the Maoists.
Home Minister P Chidambaram and other top officials briefed the MPs about the gravity of the Maoist problem and steps being taken by government to deal with the menace.
“Planning Commission had given a presentation to the MPs about development schemes. Focus is entirely on flagship programmes of Government of India as implemented in the districts,” Union Home Secretary, Gopal K Pillai, told reporters after the nearly two-hour long meeting.
Some of the 20 participating Parliamentarians also spoke about the problems in their respective areas and offered their help in implementing development schemes.
“The MPs spoke about their perspective on the issue and what role they could play in ensuring the better monitoring of various programmes,” Pillai said.
A similar exercise will take place in the second half of May because the meeting could not cover all constituencies and districts.
During the presentation, government drew attention of the MPs to anti-development activities of Naxalites as they have been destroying school buildings, roads and telephone towers among others.
Of the 33 districts, 10 are in Jharkhand, seven in Chhattisgarh, six in Bihar, five in Orissa, two in Maharashtra, one each in Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
All these districts are underdeveloped and authorities believe that economic backwardness may drive many local people of these regions to join the Maoist ranks, the official said.
JD(U) MP from Jahanabad (Bihar) Jagdish Sharma said he asked the government to take people into confidence while carrying out about development schemes.
“Government must take urgent steps for eradication of poverty, improvement of road connectivity, irrigation projects, PDS schemes etc. to get support of the common people,” he said.
BJD MP from Dhenkanal (Orissa) Tathagata Satapathy said government must ensure that the development schemes are implemented with utmost sincerity.
Independent MP from Chatra (Jharkhand) Inder Singh Namdhari favoured more such meetings for better cooperation and proper implementation of the schemes.
The meeting was held in the wake of the killing of 76 security personnel by the Maoists in Chhattisgarh on April 6.
Government has taken these 33 districts as focus districts to root out the menace from there and subsequently carry out developmental activities.
Diversion of forces
The union home ministry is in the process of withdrawing several battalions of central paramilitary forces from the northeast to deploy them in Maoist-affected areas of the country, a top police official said here Friday.
Six battalions of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) are moving from Assam, Manipur and Tripura to Maoist concentrated areas, Tripura Director General of Police Pranay Sahaya told IANS.
Among the central paramilitary forces, many battalions of Assam Rifles, Border Security Forces (BSF) and the CRPF have been deployed in the insurgency-hit northeastern states. In some areas of Manipur and Assam, the army is also posted to deal with terrorists.
Dealing with Left-wing extremists or the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) is the top priority for the union government, Sahaya said, explaining the reason behind forces being requisitioned from the northeast. The Tripura police chief also elaborated on the security arrangements for the May 3 elections to the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC).
He said the central government has provided 12 companies of central paramilitary forces. Asked about media reports of Maoists trying to set up bases in the northeast, the Tripura police chief said: Through the sharing of intelligence inputs among the northeastern states, there is no confirmation so far in this regard.

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