Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Monday underlined the need for development to thwart the rising influence of Maoists in the state.
``The Maoists are a threat and to neutralise that the government is focussed on development,`` Gogoi told reporters here.
Deputy commissioners of the districts had been asked to identify the underdeveloped villages and the government would go in for massive development there, he declared.
He said he was aware that the Maoists were trying to increase their activity in the state, but assured the government was keeping a strict vigil.
Expressing satisfaction that the people have become aware of the ill effects of insurgency, the chief minister said that the security forces were getting regular inputs
from local villagers about the presence of ultras.
``Public support for the ultras have dwindled as they have realised that the top militants are leading a luxurious life in posh hotels of foreign countries,`` he said.