Govt hopes dev scheme for Naxal areas to be complete by May 15

The government on Friday hoped that Rs 1,500 crore allocated to 60 worst Maoist-hit districts for carrying out development schemes would be spent by the middle of next month.

Last Updated: Apr 29, 2011, 22:06 PM IST

New Delhi: The government on Friday hoped that
Rs 1,500 crore allocated to 60 worst Maoist-hit districts for
carrying out development schemes would be spent by the middle
of next month.

Home Minister P Chidambaram said Member Secretary in the
Planning Commission (Sudha Pillai) had reviewed the progress
of the schemes in the Naxal bastions and conveyed to him that
all money allocated during the last fiscal would be spent by
May 15.

"It has gathered pace. By May 15, I think they expect
that all the money alloted for 2010-11 would have been spent.

And then for 2011-12, the spending will start," he said.

Under the special plan to address issues like healthcare,
schooling and drinking water, the Centre had given Rs 35 crore
each to 60 districts affected by Naxalism.

The implementation of the plan, approved at a meeting of
the Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, is being
monitored at the levels of district, state and the Planning
Commission to ensure proper results.

The development works are identified by a committee
comprising the District Collector, the Deputy Superintendent
of Police and Forest Development Officer.

The committee is authorised to carry out implementation
of development work for which Panchayati Raj institutions are
also being mobilised.

PTI