Awaiting comments on proposal for naxal-affected areas: Montek
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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.


First Published: Monday, October 18, 2010, 21:41

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