New Delhi: The Plan panel on Saturday said that the
ambit of development scheme -- Integrated Action Plan (IAP) --
for Naxal-hit districts would be widened to include even
backward districts which are not in the grip of Naxalism.
"We are really thinking of IAP for poor and backward
districts which includes 35 naxal districts. Don`t think it
makes sense to have `Integrated Action Plan` only for Naxal-
hit districts. The action plan would have 60 to 65 districts
including 35 Left wing extremism (LWE) districts," Plan
Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said here.
A committee under the Member Secretary of the Commission,
Sudha Pillai, would be set up for formulation of the action
plan for such districts, he said, addressing a conference on
forestry administration in LWE areas.
The Planning Commission recently gave its nod to the Rs
13,742-crore package for developing the Naxal-hit districts
and the proposal has been sent to Prime Minister Manmohan
Besides aiming to improve governance in the Naxal-
infested districts, the special package would also focus on
infrastructure development like drinking water supply,
electricity, roads and health services in these areas.
As per the initial proposal which came from the Cabinet
Committee on Security to the Commission for vetting, as many
as 35 districts were to be covered under the IAP. But during
deliberations on the plan, some members suggested to increase
the number of districts to 60.
Those who are for more coverage argue that the problem is
not with funds but improvement in governance which is the key
for capacity-building, without which the allocated money will
not be absorbed properly.
The other view was that with the increase in the number
of districts under the action plan, the amount of fund
allocation for each district would come down.