Thursday, August 25, 2005

Chhattisgarh : Committee to help anti-Maoist tribes

Friday August 26 2005 00:00 IST

RAIPUR: The Chhattisgarh government has set up a committee headed by the state chief secretary to provide direct support to tribes that raised an armed revolt against Maoist rebels in June this year.

The committee, with Chief Secretary A K Vijayvargiya as chairperson, will work out logistical details of how to support the tribal population of the eight Maoist 'infested' districts of the state.

"It is for the first time that the government has set up a committee with the basic purpose of providing proper guidance to those opposing the Maoists at the local level. It will provide all support, including monetary and logistical help as well as arms," said a top home department official after the committee was set up Wednesday.

In its first meeting on Wednesday, the committee decided to visit the eight relief camps in the worst-hit Dantewada district where 3,000 tribals are residing. The panel would seek suggestions from them on what kind of support they want from the government to actively participate in the anti-Maoist movement.

According to sources, the state government would also launch a weeklong 'padyatra', walk, in Dantewada next month to support local tribes in their armed battle against the Maoists.

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