Development, action in Maoist areas should be together: Cong

Against the backdrop of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh convening a meeting of chief ministers of Naxal-affected states, Congress today said that development and strong actions should go together to counter the Maoists.

Updated: Jul 14, 2010, 22:33 PM IST

New Delhi: Against the backdrop of Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh convening a meeting of chief ministers
of Naxal-affected states, Congress today said that development
and strong actions should go together to counter the Maoists.

"Our stand on the issue is clear. It has two approaches
which has to go together. There should be full economic
support, rehabilitation and infrastructure development. At the
same time, there has to be a strong action against those
involved in killings," party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told
reporters here.

He said both have to go "hand in hand in a holistic
manner".

In the meeting of the CMs of Naxal-hit states, it was
decided that the four states (Chhattisgarh, West Bengal,
Jharkhand and Orissa) worst affected by the violence will have
Unified Command structures to fight the menace as the Centre
offered more helicopters and logistical support to states in
their anti-Naxal operations.

PTI

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