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Tribals displaced in Naxal-hit Chhattisgarh: Govt

Chhattisgarh is the only Naxal-affected state where tribals were reported to have been displaced, government informed Lok Sabha on Monday.

Updated: Nov 15, 2010, 20:45 PM IST

New Delhi: Chhattisgarh is the only
Naxal-affected state where tribals were reported to have been
displaced, government informed Lok Sabha on Monday.
"Large parts of the tribal areas of the country,
namely in the states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa,
Bihar, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and
Madhya Pradesh are affected by Naxalism.

"There are, however, no reports of displacement of
tribals from any other state except Chhattisgarh," Minister
of State for Tribal Affairs Tushar A Chaudhary said in a
written reply.

Referring to a report submitted by the National Human
Rights Commission (NHRC) in August, 2008, the Minister
said that about 40,000 persons were in relief camps in
Dantewada and Bijapur districts then.

"These relief camps were meant for people who had
temporarily moved out of fear of naxal attacks," he said,
adding that civilians in these areas are "regularly" targeted
and attacked by ultras for their suspected anti-Maoist
activities.
"As tribals form a segment of civilian population
residing in Naxal-affected areas, they also are affected by
such violent activities of the Maoists," he said.

The Minister said it is mainly the responsibility of
state governments to ensure security and development of these
areas.

"However, the Central Government supplements their
effort by deployment of additional central para military
forces (CPMFs) and enhanced allocation of funds under various
schemes," he added.

PTI