New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K
Rosaiah today called for changes in the criteria for choosing
districts affected by Naxal menace for a focused development
programme of the Home Ministry and sought inclusion of areas
from his state in the project.
At the meeting of Chief Ministers of the Naxal-affected
states called by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here, Rosaiah
said at least Vishakhapatanam should be added in the scheme
for special development on priority basis.
"If Andhra Pradesh has to sustain the gains of
controlling Left-wing extremism on a permanent basis, it is
imperative to categorise all eight border districts as special
focus districts for development by bringing about necessary
change in the selection criteria for this purpose," he said.
Rosaiah listed Adilabad, Karim Nagar, Varangal, Khammam,
East Godavari and Vizianagaram and Sri Kakulam as other
districts where the Naxal problem had existed for long and
that has been contained to a "reasonable extent" over a period
of several decades through sustained efforts.
Noting that these districts were bordering Left wing
extremism-affected districts of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and
Orissa, the Chief Minister said these areas continued to face
the risk of relapse.
"It will be appropriate to consolidate the gains we have
achieved after sustained efforts in terms of retrieving the
areas from extremist influence by undertaking developmental
programmes with immediate effect before Naxalism could
relapse," Rosaiah said.
In this regard, he said, the state had sent necessary
proposals to the Home Ministry at an estimated cost of Rs
1,607 crore which was pending approval.
The state had also requested for 16 more companies of
CRPF to augment the existing 24 companies.
It had also requested the Home Ministry to provide the
troop-carrier helicopter to be stationed in Vishakhapatanam
for anti-extremist operations, which was a long-pending