New Delhi: Ahead of the PM`s meeting with
CMs of the Naxal-hit states tomorrow here, the Plan panel
today finalised the broad structure of an integrated action
plan for infrastructure development in 34 Naxal-hit districts,
but is believed to be divided over fund allocation.
The action plan was taken up by the panel on the eve of
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s meeting with chief ministers
of nine states to draw up a more effective anti-Naxal strategy
following the recent escalation in Maoist violence.
The plan was finalised at an internal meeting of the Plan
panel here, where the Commission was said to be divided over
the issue of the quantum of funding for the integrated action
plan, which envisages developing basic infrastructure like
roads, power and drinking water in these 34 districts.
"The important thing is that the plan has been worked out
with adequate consultation and it will go to the
Cabinet for approval," Planning Commission Deputy Chairman
Montek Singh Ahluwalia told reporters after an internal
meeting of the panel this evening.
Without divulging details about the fund allocation for
the plan, Ahluwalia said, "I don`t think there is any problem
on that score. There will be an interim number." Sources,
however, said the panel was divided over the amount of funds.
Last week, Ahluwalia had indicated that the panel was
working on a Rs 13,742-crore package for these 34 districts
spread over nine states for the next three years.
"If we want to put some money which I think we should in
the first supplementary (demands of grants) we will have to
give a number. There will certainly be some number that will
be put down in the supplementary (demands of grant). If it
turns out we wanted more there is a second supplementary and a
third supplementary (demands of grants)," Ahluwalia said.
He indicated that besides economic growth, the other
components of the scheme include health and skill development
and the ministries concerned would be involved.
Ahluwalia also hinted that the IAP covers issues that
relate to improvement of governance by implementing PESA
(Panchayats Extension to Schedule Areas) Act of 1996, to
empower the tribals with the right to use minor forest produce
like tendu leaves and grass.
The action plan would have some direction regarding
what needs to be done on the Forest Rights Act.