Soon telecom towers in Naxal-hit districts: Ramesh

Government on Wednesday decided to set up telecommunication towers by creating high security zones in such areas.

Last Updated: Nov 09, 2011, 20:44 PM IST

New Delhi: Seeking to resolve the problem of
connectivity in Naxal-affected districts, government on Wednesday
decided to set up telecommunication towers by creating high
security zones in such areas.

On the eve of his four-day visit to five Left Wing
Extremism-hit districts --four in Chattisgarh and one in Andhra
Pradesh, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh told
reporters here that the move is to reach out to the tribals in
remote areas through various governmental schemes as part of
efforts to tackle the Left Wing Extremism.

He said the "single biggest problem in all these
districts is connectivity. There is no connectivity in remote
areas of almost all tribal districts".

Ramesh said telecommunication towers will be set up in
high security areas such as CRPF camps, police headquarters
and collectorates in such districts.

The Minister also referred to the incidents of Naxals
targeting BSNL towers set up in the hill top of tribal-
dominated districts.

Ramesh said he discussed the issue today with the
Communication Ministry officials today and the government
decided to go ahead with its plan.

During his four-day visit, the Minister will be covering
the districts of Dantewada, Narainpur, Bijaipur in
Chhattisgarh and Vishakapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

PTI