Saturday, June 06, 2009

Centre to tackle Naxal menace by launching new scheme

Hyderabad (PTI) The Union Government will soon launch a new scheme, 'Modernisation of Forest Administration', to improve the forest administration and simultaneously tackle the growing menace of Naxalites.

The Centrally-sponsored scheme would be launched in Orissa, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar which are currently facing the Maoist menace, according to Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh.

Talking to reporters here on Saturday, Mr. Ramesh said as many as 186 tribal-dominated districts in the country were affected by the Maoist problem.

There is a close connection between forest areas and Maoists. These 186 districts comprise 30 per cent of India's land area and 60 per cent of the country's forest area, the Union Minister noted.

In order to have a more sensitive approach to the forest management and at the same time effectively deal with the Maoists threat, the Modernisation of Forest Administration scheme was mooted.

"We are working on the details of this scheme and the Centre will extend full financial assistance to the state governments in implementing it. Andhra Pradesh has not been included in the scheme as it has been relatively successful in tackling the Maoist menace," he said.

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