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Bihar far behind in implementing IAP

PTI | Last Updated: Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 11:45

New Delhi: Bihar has fared the worst among nine Naxal-affected states in implementing the Integrated Action Plan (IAP), a centrally-assisted project for fighting Maoism with accelerated development.

Bihar utilised 70.62 per cent of the total Rs 705 crore funds given by the Centre till November. The IAP projects are being implemented in 11 worst Naxal-hit districts in Bihar, official sources said.

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde had recently written to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar about Bihar`s alleged failure in controlling Naxal activities, saying the situation in the state has become alarming.

Of the remaining states, Andhra Pradesh utilised 71.30 per cent of the total Rs 540 crore given by the Centre, while Chhattisgarh used 71.71 per cent of Rs 990 crore, Jharkhand 74.72 per cent of total Rs 1,540 crore and Madhya Pradesh spent 77.48 per cent of the centrally-released fund of Rs 830 crore.

While Maharashtra spent 71.91 per cent of the total centrally-released fund of Rs 200 crore, Odisha utilised 74.25 per cent of Rs 1,635 crore, Uttar Pradesh 73.63 per cent of Rs 205 crore and West Bengal used 75.22 per cent of centrally funded Rs 235 crore.

Last week, in a letter to Kumar, Shinde expressed concern over deteriorating situation in Bihar due to Maoist activities.

"We have noticed a complete breakdown in coordination between the state police and the central forces as well as with the neighbouring states like Jharkhand," he wrote.

Requesting to revisit the Bihar government`s strategy`s of fighting the Naxals, the Home Minister told the Bihar Chief Minister that situation in the state has become alarming and if it is not addressed immediately, there is a possibility that the Left wing extremism situation may go completely out of control in the near future.

The Planning Commission is implementing the IAP in 82 selected tribal and backward districts for accelerated development. The aim of this initiative is to provide public infrastructure and services in 82 affected districts.

The nature of major works or projects taken up by the districts under the IAP include construction of schools, anganwadi centres, drinking water facilities, rural roads, panchayat bhawans, community halls, health centres, among others.

First Published: Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 11:45

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