`Efforts are on to bring Naxals into mainstream`
Amritsar: The Centre is continuing its
efforts to bring banned Naxals into the mainstream despite the
grave threat posed by their activities, Union minister Ashwani
Kumar said on Saturday.
"50 districts are affected due to Naxal activities,
which are grave threat... Keeping this in view, efforts are
being made on the part of Government of India to bring them
into the mainstream," Union State Minister for Parliamentary
Affairs, Ashwani Kumar told reporters.
The Naxalite problem should be discussed seriously and
sincerely, he said, adding that there was the need to prepare
an effective policy in this regard.
Around Rs 7,000 crore funds have been earmarked by the
Centre to tackle the Naxal threat, he said.
The minister also expressed dismay on the deadlock in
Parliament over the demand for JPC probe into 2G spectrum
Kumar was here to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple
after assuming the office as state minister.