Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Multi-pronged strategy needed to tackle Maoists: Centre

Ranchi (PTI): The Centre on Monday said a multi-pronged strategy is needed to counter the Maoist menace as the ultras keep moving from one area to another.

"They are a very mobile kind of group. They move from one area to the other. Security is one of the various areas which we are looking into, besides the development aspect," Union Cabinet secretary K M Chandrashekhar said here.

As security is a major concern the Centre is monitoring the situation from various angles in Delhi, he said.

"The home ministry is preparing plans which will unfold itself from time to time. And we cannot divulge them," Chandrasekhar, who was here heading a high-level central team to meet Jharkhand officials, said.

Underlining that forest right was one of the crucial issues which should be taken care of, he asked Jharkhand to create awareness about it in the interest of the tribals.

"Only 4,000 to 4,500 applications from tribals have been received for forest rights. The state has agreed to embark on a publicity campaign to spread awareness on forest rights," he said in the presence of Jharkhand chief secretary A K Basu.

Apparently unhappy with the progress in some naxal-affected districts, Mr. Chandrasekhar said he might visit the state again in October and meet the district deputy commissioners of affected areas.

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