PC, Montek review IAP progress in Naxal-hit dists



New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram and Plan panel Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia on Friday reviewed the progress of the Integrated Action Plan (IAP) being implemented in 60 Naxal-hit districts.

The districts are spread over 9 states where the IAP is aimed at improving basic infrastructure like road, power and health.

Chidambaram and Ahluwalia interacted with the district collectors through video conferencing and sorted out various issues raised by the local authorities regarding implementation of the programme.

Under the IAP, the government sanctioned Rs 25 crore in 2010-11 and Rs 30 crore in 2011-12 to each of these districts through which 63,416 projects were set up and 26,593 projects completed, at an expenditure of Rs 1,391 crore till 2011.

The funds for the project are placed at the disposal of a committee headed by the district collector to oversee its implementation.

Among the projects undertaken under IAP scheme, providing drinking water, sanitation and electricity facilities together account for nearly 30 per cent of the projects. Setting up of school infrastructure accounts 16 per cent of the fund and anganwadi centres, 13.5 per cent.

The left wing extremist affected states, where IAP is being implemented, are Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

PTI