New Delhi: Aiming to prevent youth from joining the Naxal fold and provide them a sustainable source of income, over 50,000 acres of land in Maoist-affected states will be used for rubber plantation under a specially funded Central project.
The proposal, formulated jointly by the ministries of Home and Commerce, was given a go-ahead at a high-level meeting chaired by Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and attended by chief secretaries and directors general of police of nine Maoist violence-hit states here today.
The Commerce Ministry had earlier sought the Home Ministry`s help to fund the Rubber Board`s project for the cash crop across 50,000 hectares of land in five Naxal-hit states over a period of 16 years.
The day-long meeting also reviewed anti-Naxal operations and development works being undertaken in these states even as the top officials shared their views on initiating more such schemes.
Sources said the meeting also decided to focus the operations on hitting the top and middle leadership of the Maoists in a coordinated fashion.
"The frontal organisations of the Naxals operating in large and tier-II cities was also discussed," they said.
A special central government sponsored project of creating well trained anti-Naxal operations squad, like the Greyhounds in Andhra Pradesh and CoBRA (under CRPF command), was also discussed in the meeting.