SC for setting up committee for relief work in Naxal areas

Last Updated: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 22:53

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday said
it will consider appointment of a committee to monitor relief
and rehabilitation work in Naxal-affected areas in
Chhattisgarh after it was alleged that the state government
was not carrying out the task properly.

A bench of justices B Sudershan Reddy and SS Nijjar
said that it would consider the plea for setting up a
committee headed by retired Chief Justice of Delhi High Court
A P Shah to monitor development work in the area.

The court was hearing a PIL filed by sociologist
Nandini Sundar, historian Ramchandra Guha, former bureaucrat E
AS Sarma and others, seeking a direction to the state
government to refrain from supporting and encouraging Salwa
Judum and initiate development project in Naxal-affected
areas.

Senior Advocate Ashok Desai, appearing for the
petitioners, submitted that incidents of violence were still
happening in the area despite the apex court monitoring the
case and suggested formation of a committee under the
chairmanship of Justice Shah, which would also include social
activist and member of the Planning Commission.

The need for setting up a committee of eminent persons
to monitor the action of the authorities in the Naxal-hit
areas has been a bone of contention between the state
government and the activists.

The state government has already constituted a unified
command under the chairmanship of the chief minister
comprising members from the Planning Commission, Ministry of
Home Affairs and two independent members from Dantewada --
Mahendra Karma (former MLA) and Bhima Manddavi (MLA) to look
after the rehabilitation work.

PTI



First Published: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 22:53

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