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Maoists biggest internal threat, says Pranab
GULBARGA/ BENGALURU/ Bhubaneswar, May 30 (Agencies/IANS):
Published on 30 May. 2010 11:22 PM IST
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Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said that the Maoist menace is the biggest internal threat to the country.
“Of course, the Maoist menace and Naxalites activities are biggest threat to the internal security of the country, and therefore constant efforts are needed by both central and state government to tackle this problem,” said Mukherjee.
“We are providing from the centre all necessary steps including the supplementing of forces, state police forces by central paramilitary forces,” he added on the sidelines of a function in Karnataka’s Gulbarga district. The Finance Minister also unveiled the centralised processing centre of the Income Tax Department in Bengaluru, to enable faster refunds to taxpayers. “I do believe we must come to the part of fiscal administration, as early as possible, that’s why you have noticed in my budget proposals I have improved even the recommendation and the roadmap which the 13th Finance Commission gave for me, in respect of the fiscal deficit,” said Mukherjee.
“I do hope I will be able to contain the fiscal deficit to the target I have indicated in the budget,” he added.
When asked if any action would be taken against Congress MP and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Rajshekhar Reddy’s son Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy, who defied the party orders and decided to go ahead with his planned ‘Odarpu Yatra,’ Mukherjee said party discipline was sacrosanct.
“Everybody is expected to obey the party discipline, and obey the order given to him or her by the party high command. If somebody frauds the direction and instructions of the party leadership, as per the party procedure appropriate action would be taken,” he added. Reddy has defended his ‘Odarpu Yatra,’ (consolation march) in Andhra Pradesh’s Warangal region, which caused a lot of violence in the Telangana region.
Maoists blow up Orissa village council building
Maoist guerrillas early Sunday blew up a panchayat (council) office building in Orissa’s Malkangiri district, police said.
About 30-40 rebels came to Kankurukunda village at about 1 am and blasted the building using explosives, a senior police officer told a news agency.
No body was inside the office when the blast took place, he said.
The rebels blew up the building, constructed by the government two years ago, as they suspected that it was being used by paramilitary forces engaged in anti-Maoist operations, the officer said.
This was the third attack by Maoists on panchayat buildings in the district. Earlier this month, the rebels blew up a panchayat office at Bodigata village and a panchayat warehouse at Talrai village.
Maoists are active in more than half of the state’s 30 districts. Malkangiri district, considered as a Maoist stronghold, is about 620 km from Bhubaneswar.

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