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Will overcome left wing extremism in 3 yrs: HM
Published on 30 Jul. 2010 12:17 AM IST
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: Government Thursday said it confidence that problem of left wing extremism would be met with determination and overcome in the next three years.
In his address to a meeting of the parliamentary consultative committee for the ministry of home affairs today, the union home minister P. Chidambaram said that after consultations with the (Naxal) affected States, it was agreed to have a two-pronged strategy viz. development and police action.
Today’s meeting held on the agenda “Left Wing Extremism” was the third meeting of the committee on this subject, a PIB press release stated.
The home minister said while central government acknowledged that the primary role and responsibility was that of the state governments in enforcing law and order in confronting the challenge of left wing extremists, it also recognized the responsibility of the central government in assisting the states in every way – including deploying Central Para-Military Forces, sharing intelligence and funding for both development schemes and security needs.
Chidambaram informed that, in a meeting of chief ministers of seven Naxal-affected states chaired by Prime Minister on July 14 last, it was agreed to provide the states additional helicopters for logistical support, funds for establishment/strengthening of 400 police stations on 80:20 basis, support recruiting additional Special Police Officers, setting up of Unified Command for anti-naxal operations in four States.
The agreement also included setting up of an Empowered Group chaired by Member Secretary, Planning Commission to review existing norms/guidelines in implementation of various development schemes having regard to local needs and conditions and provide funds for a Special Development Plan for the affected districts with emphasis on road connectivity, primary education, primary health care and drinking water, he said.
The Home Minister expressed confidence that the challenge of Left Wing Extremism would be met jointly by the Central and State Governments.
During the discussions, the members broadly agreed with the suggestions given in the agenda note which included steps on both security and development fronts. Various useful suggestions were also given by the members during the meeting.
Adds PTI: According to an estimate, about 40,000 sq km areas in these states are under the control of Maoists.
Naxal violence has claimed the lives of over 10,000 civilians and security personnel in the last five years.
Out of a total of 10,268 casualties between 2005 and May this year, 2,372 deaths have been reported in 2009 as against 1,769 in 2008 and 1,737 in 2007.

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