Awaiting comments on proposal for naxal-affected areas: Montek

Last Updated: Monday, October 18, 2010 - 21:41

New Delhi: Planning Commission Deputy
Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said the panel is
seeking inputs on the Rs 13,742-crore plan for development of
Naxal-hit districts from different ministries.

Ahluwalia`s comments came amidst reports suggesting that
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has rejected the Integrated
Action Plan (IAP) for the naxal-affected areas.

"There is no truth to the proposition that Prime Minister
has shot it (plan for naxal hit districts) down," he said.

He said the IAP for 60 districts has been circulated to
ministries. "We are waiting for comments.... it would go to
the Cabinet," he added.

Reports suggested that Prime Minister found IAP non-
implementable.

Before submitting the plan to the Prime Minister, the
Commission had received approval from Home Minister P
Chidambaram and Finance Minister Pranab Mukerjee.

The proposed IAP aims at improving governance at village
level for effective delivery of the plan.

Under the proposed plan, the first phase of two-year plan
includes providing Rs 3,000 crore to such districts for
strengthening panchayati raj institutions.

In the second phase Rs 9,000 crore was to be provided for
developing basic infrastructure like road, power and schools.

PTI




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