`Maoist anarchy affecting tribal welfare in WB`
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Last Updated: Sunday, June 13, 2010, 19:57
New Delhi: The "anarchist and terrorist- type" activities of Naxalites in some tribal areas of West Bengal were creating hurdles in carrying out welfare and educational programmes for the community, senior CPI(M) leader Biman Bose said today.

"In Jangal Mahal (forested areas of three Naxal-infested districts of West Bengal), activities of the CPI (Maoists) are posing problems. They are creating anarchy and continuing terrorist-type attacks," the West Bengal CPI(M) secretary told a two-day tribal convention here.

He said this was causing problems in carrying out welfare activities for the tribals in the area. "A residential girls school was set up in (Maoist-hit) Belpahari but the anarchy is jeopardising their education," Bose said.

The CPI(M) Politburo member said tribals are facing discrimination in many parts of the country and government along with multinationals are indulging in "unholy land- grabbing".

He said there is need for addressing issues of regional imbalance and uneven development.

The tribal convention, attended by 200 delegates from 16 states, announced the formation of a 'National Platform for Tribal Rights' and said it will launch a week-long campaign from July 23 to fight for rights of tribals across the country under which demonstrations, marches and sit-ins will be organised.

"The meeting discussed several key issues like the connivance with and promotion of corporate interests by the UPA government in tribal areas, leading to displacement and land-grabbing," CPI(M) Politburo member Brinda Karat told reporters after the convention.

She said lack of central package for tribal farmers, employment for tribal youth and use of "absurd criteria" to deprive tribals holding small plots of Below Poverty Line facilities were other issues raised during the convention and will be on focus during the July campaign.


First Published: Sunday, June 13, 2010, 19:57

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