Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Integrated action plan needed to curb Naxalites: Raman Singh

Statesman News Service
BHUBANESWAR, April 21: The menace of Left wing extremism can be countered an integrated action plan amongst all affected states, stern measures and proper monitoring of inter-state borders, observed Chhatisgarh chief minister, Mr Raman Singh while adding that his government had successfully empowered the tribals who are now standing up to the Naxals.
"We have set up separate, special development authorities in the worst affected districts like Bastar and I personally monitor developmental activity in the region. As a result today, the Left wing extremists have been pushed out of areas like Sarbaja while they are still there in Bastar area," he said.
Addressing a Press conference, he listed out the achievements of his government ~ subsidized rice, salt, free power, pump sets, 100 per cent procurement of paddy etc. "All these have made Left wing extremists redundant in the state," he said.
"But when he put pressure and take them on, they cross over to bordering states like Orissa," he added.
Undermining the talk that his Orissa counter part was the number one CM in the country, Chhatisgarh CM Mr Singh wondered how one could be adjudged as such given the status of drinking water, health care, social security etc in Orissa.
Mr Singh claimed that the BJP will emerge as the single largest party at the national level and even in Orissa it will perform reasonably well.

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