Nitish asks Centre to help Naxal-hit states

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today appealed to the Centre that it should help states "open-heartedly" to tackle the Maoist problem.

Updated: Jul 15, 2010, 19:01 PM IST

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
today appealed to the Centre that it should help states
"open-heartedly" to tackle the Maoist problem.

"Centre should help states open-heartedly for ensuring
integrated development and modernisation of security forces
for tackling the problems relating to Maoists," Kumar told
reporters on his return from Delhi after attending a meeting
called by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue.

"It would be difficult to contain the menace of Maoists
by use of forces alone," he said.

Kumar said his government has made integrated development
the core basis for tackling the problem and has started
"Sarkar Apke-Dwar" programme in 67 panchayats in Naxal-hit
districts.

Under the programme, several development works and
welfare schemes were underway in these areas, he said.

Kumar suggested that the Centre should launch Special
District Development Programme for the Naxal-affected
districts in the country to speed up the pace of development.

PTI