New Delhi: Many industries located in Maoist-
dominated areas are forced to buy peace with the extremists
due to insecured environment, Union Home Secretary Gopal K
Pillai said Saturday.
Speaking at a CII organised seminar on "Security
Dimensions of Development Disparities" here, Pillai said the
Maoists often serve extortion notices to many industries
located in central and eastern India where the extremists have
a strong presence.
> He said that due to insecured environment and thin
presence of security forces, the industries are forced to pay
extortion money for their safety and smooth running of the
The Home Secretary said development disparities in
mineral-rich areas, which are low-income, such as the
North-East and Jharkhand, are leaving them vulnerable to
Unless the issue of social inequality is addressed and
suitable opportunities provided for all, the issue will
persist, he said.
The Home Secretary said not all Indians are benefiting
equally from India`s prosperity and this inequality is leading
to social unrest.
"The government and industry must work together to tackle
the challenge urgently as the information revolution has led
to greater awareness and the masses are unwilling to wait," he
Pillai said currently, almost 81 per cent of crime in
India is committed by first-timers and the maximum number of
criminals are between the ages of 16-28.
"This points to the fact that India`s demographic
advantage can turn into a disadvantage leading to security
concerns if left unattended," he said.