Chidambaram to discuss Naxal issue with Maha govt

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram will hold high-level talks with the Maharashtra government, Tuesday on the Naxal menace in Gadchiroli and Gondia.

Updated: Nov 14, 2011, 19:20 PM IST

Mumbai: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram
will hold high-level talks with the Maharashtra government on Tuesday on the Naxal menace in Gadchiroli and Gondia
districts.

An action taken report (ATR) will be presented to him on
the successes and failures of the state government in the last
11 months to curb the Naxalite problem in the two districts of
Vidarbha, officials in the Home Department said.

The implementation of the Integrated Action Plan (IAP)
where central funds are provided for development of the Naxal-
hit districts will also be reviewed at the meeting, they said.

"Development is an issue in the Naxal-hit districts. The
state government has identified the barest minimum needs which
have not been provided to the people and programme for
providing drinking water, construction of roads and schools
among others are being undertaken there," a source said.

Besides, increase in civilian killings is also a cause of
concern and the government will discuss its strategy to
counter Naxalism with the union minister, the source added.

"An amount of Rs 45 crore each has been sanctioned for
the two districts this year by the Centre and 50 per cent of
the amount has already been received," an official said.

Chidambaram will be arriving in the city from Raipur in
the afternoon and a meeting with him has been scheduled at the
Sahaydri Guest House in South Mumbai.

PTI