High-level meet of Naxal-hit states today

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 09:44

New Delhi: With red terror continuing in
different parts of the country, the Home Ministry has convened
a meeting of top police and civil officers of Maoist-affected
states on Wednesday to take stock of anti-Naxal operations and
fine tune the strategy.

Chief Secretaries and Directors General of Police of
Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa, West Bengal,
Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh will take part
in the meeting that will have in-depth deliberations on the
security situation in the Maoist belt.

Official sources said the top officials would fine-tune
the issue of coordination among state police and central
police forces and firm up a strategy on how to go after the
Naxals who often flee from one state to another after
committing a crime.

The killing of four BSF personnel in Odisha`s Malkangiri
last week is expected to figure in the meeting as such
incidents keep happening despite the Home Ministry suggesting
security personnel to take maximum precautions while
travelling in Naxal-dominated areas.

The meeting will also review the development programmes
being carried out in Naxal-affected districts and ways to
speed them up to reach the maximum number of people.

Naxal violence has been reported in areas falling under
270 police stations in 64 districts in eight states.

The level of violence in left-wing extremism-affected
states is still unacceptably high with 447 civilians and 142
security personnel killed in 2011.

The central government has shouldered its share of
responsibility in dealing with the Maoists and has deployed 71
battalions (comprising around 71,000 personnel) of
paramilitary forces.

The budget allocation under the head of security-related
expenditure has been increased to Rs 337 crore in 2011-12 as
against only Rs 80 crore in 2008-09.

The government is also implementing an ambitious
Integrated Action Plan (IAP) in 60 selected tribal and
backward Maoist-affected districts since 2010. The scheme has
been extended to 18 more districts since December 2011.

Various development schemes like construction of roads,
bridges, school buildings, providing drinking water facilities
to rural population, besides sanitation and electric works,
are being carried out through it.

The government sanctioned Rs 25 crore in 2010-11 and Rs
30 crore in 2011-12 to each of these districts through which
63,416 projects were set up and 26,593 projects completed,
incurring an expenditure of Rs 1,391 crore till 2011.

The funds for the project are placed at the disposal of a
committee headed by the district collector to oversee its
implementation.

Among the projects undertaken under IAP scheme, providing
drinking water, sanitation and electricity facilities together
account for nearly 30 per cent of the projects. Setting up of
school infrastructure accounts 16 per cent and anganwadi
centres 13.5 per cent.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 09:44

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