New Delhi: The government is likely to soon
approve the Rs 13,742-crore package for the Naxal-hit
districts for developing basic infrastructure like roads and
"The Union Cabinet is likely to approve the Rs 13,742
crore integrated action plan (IAP) for infrastructure
development in the Naxal hit districts," a senior Planning
Commission official said.
"The Plan panel will finalise the modalities of the IAP
with the Finance Ministry on Tuesday. Since there is no
Cabinet meeting scheduled next week, the Commission is likely
to put up the proposal before the Cabinet by September 15
(Thursday)", he said.
Besides focusing on infrastructure development like
drinking water supply, electricity, roads and health services
in these areas, the IAP also aims at improving governance in
the Naxal-infested districts.
As per the original plan, 35 districts were to be covered
under the IAP but during deliberations on the plan, some
members of the `Commission` suggested increasing the number
of districts to 60.
Even Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh
Ahluwalia had said that the panel was looking at broadening
the area of coverage under the IAP.
"I don`t want to speak about this (number of districts).
We think we would broaden it, but the exact number would be
confirmed later," Ahluwalia had said.
In an internal meeting of the Commission, some members
had favoured increasing the area of coverage to 60 districts,
while others were against such a proposal saying that it would
lower fund allocation to each area.
Those who are for more coverage argue that the problem is
not with the funds but with governance that is the key for
capacity-building and without which the allocated money will
not be absorbed properly.