Orissa seeks Rs 2,400 cr for five Maoist-hit districts

Orissa government has submitted a Rs 2,400 crore action plan to the Centre for socio-economic development of five worst Naxal-hit districts.

Last Updated: Jul 01, 2010, 15:52 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: To counter Maoist propaganda of the state`s failure to carry out development works in certain areas, Orissa government has submitted a Rs 2,400
crore action plan to the Centre for socio-economic development of five worst Naxal-hit districts, official sources said on Thursday.

The five districts were Malkangiri, Rayagada and Gajapati in southern region and Deogarh and Sambalpur in western region.

The highest amount of Rs 511 crore was planned to be spent in Gajapati district, the sources said.

"We are hopeful that the Planning Commission will accept our Integrated Action Plan for Left Wing Extremism affected districts," RV Singh, special secretary of the
planning and coordination department, said.

While the integrated action plan sought Rs 486 crore for Rayagada district, the amount proposed to be spent in Gajapati district was Rs 511 crore followed by Rs 510 crore in
Deogarh district and Rs 474 crore in Malkangiri district. Sambalpur required Rs 396 crore, he said.

The money would be spent mostly in construction of roads, culverts and bridges, health, education, electrification, skill development of locals, social welfare, animal resource development, infrastructure creation, irrigation, sports, rural water supply and other activities.

The state government`s action plan for the five districts followed a visit of a five-member Planning Commission team which held discussion with the district administration.

The idea was to bridge the gap between Maoist-hit districts and the developed districts, the official said.

The socio-economic condition would certainly change with proper expenditure of funds meant for different developmental activities in the five districts.

As Maoists often get support from the local residents, mostly tribals, citing non-development of their areas, the new plan could upset their objectives of misleading the gullible people.

If sanctioned, Rs 2400 crore would be spent in the five districts where Maoists had considerable presence, they said.

PTI

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