Feelers from Maoists on WB rehab package

Feelers from Maoists and their sympathisers have started coming for recently-notified surrender-cum-rehabilitation package announced by West Bengal government for the ultra-Left activists, a senior state official said today.

Updated: Aug 05, 2010, 00:17 AM IST

Kolkata: Feelers from Maoists and their
sympathisers have started coming for recently-notified
surrender-cum-rehabilitation package announced by West Bengal
government for the ultra-Left activists, a senior state
official said today.

"Feelers have started coming to us from Maoists and their
sympathisers informally but not from hardcore ones as yet,"
Home Secretary Samar Ghosh told reporters here.

The state government, however, was not thinking of
improving the package announced, Ghosh said, adding steps had
been taken to publicise it.

Some benefits in the package for tribals would start
from this month while steps had been taken to ensure tribal
pension to all beneficiaries, he said.

To a question, Ghosh said the state government was yet to
receive confirmation on inclusion of Bankura and Purulia
districts in an Integrated Action Plan of the Planning
Commission for comprehensive development. West Midnapore was
the only district under the plan at present, he said.

The Union Home ministry has directed the state government
to submit a proposal for the development of the other two
districts under a Special Infrastructure Scheme, he said.

-PTI