Friday, March 03, 2006

Ambitious plan to weed out Naxalism in Bihar: Nitish

Patna: In a bid to curb the growing Naxal problem in the state, the Bihar government will seek a special central package of Rs 21,000 crore to speed up execution of various development schemes, undertake massive police modernisation and improve condition of prisons.

"We have formulated an ambitious plan to weed out Naxalites in Bihar for which we are seeking a special package of Rs 21,000 crore," Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told reporters today.

Kumar said he would be leaving for New Delhi later this afternoon and request Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil to grant a special package for the state at the earliest.

He said he would make a formal request to the Centre for long-term help to check extremist activities in the state.

Kumar said sincere efforts were underway for massive police modernisation and help improve condition of jails in Bihar.

The NDA government has already launched 'sarkar apke dwar' (government at your doorstep) programme aiming accelerated development in Naxal-hit areas of the state while asking ultras to eschew path of violence and cooperate with his government to give fresh impetus to development.

Earlier, Patna High Court had asked the state and Central government to take serious steps and preventive measures to tackle the Naxal problem and undertake police reforms in the state.

The court had also asked both the state and Union governments to furnish action taken-cum-progress reports in this regard by March 28.

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