Govt reviews development projects in 33 Naxal-hit districts

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 20:35

New Delhi: The government on Tuesday reviewed the
development projects being undertaken in 33 Naxal-affected
districts with the participation of chief secretaries of seven
extremism-hit states through video conferencing.

The meeting held here, chaired by Cabinet Secretary K M
Chandrasekhar, took stock of the progress made in
implementation of Forest Rights Act, which will benefit ST and
and other traditional forest dwellers, NREGA, National Rural
Health Mission and Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.

The meeting comes close on the heels of killing of 76
security personnel by the Maoists in Chhattisgarh.

The 11th meeting of the Task Force also reviewed the
action taken for implementation of various schemes under
Integrated Child Development Services, Drinking Water Supply,
Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Mid-Day Meal Scheme, Targeted Public
Distribution System besides others, sources said.

Of the 33 districts, 10 are in Jharkhand, seven in
Chhattisgarh, six in Bihar, five in Orissa, two in
Maharashtra, one each in Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and
Madhya Pradesh.

All these districts are underdeveloped and authorities
believe that economic backwardness drive many local people of
these regions to join the Maoist ranks.

Besides, the top officials also took stock of progress
made in implementation of the proposed Rs 7,300 crore road
connectivity projects in the Naxal-affected states.

Under this projects, 2,898 km rural roads will be
constructed through 107 proposals.

Sources said so far, Rs 3,861 crore has been sanctioned
by the Central government of which tender for Rs 3,032 crore
has been floated.

Works worth Rs 164 crore has been allotted so far which
will increase to Rs 321 crore by the end of this month and Rs
1,700 crore by the end of May.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 20:35

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