Wednesday, July 08, 2009

'Stern steps taken to tackle Naxal menace in Bihar'

Patna, July 07: The Bihar government has taken stern and sincere steps to rein in the Naxal menace, Water Resources Development Minister Vijendra Prasad Yadav informed the Legislative Council on Tuesday.

"There are some Naxal affected districts and we have taken both short-term and long-term measures to check the growing naxal activities in the state," Yadav said while replying to a call attention motion of BJP member Tarakant Jha.

There has been sharp decline in naxal activities, Yadav claimed and added that earlier there used to have large scale massacres which was not happening now.

To rein in the menace, the government has taken measures like deployment of paramilitary forces, Special Task Force (STF), State Auxiliary Police (SAP) jawans in the naxal infested areas, the minister said.

Rehabilitation programme has been launched to bring the Naxalites into the mainstream, he said and added that police force have been armed with modern weapons besides being given training to combat the ultras.

Speedy trials were being conducted to bring them to justice and joint operation was also carried out with bordering state affected by the Maiosts, Yadav said.

The government's development and welfare schemes had good impact in these Naxal affected areas as the related violence has gone down considerably, he claimed.

Not satisfied with the government's reply, opposition members demanded a special debate on Naxal violence.

Acting chairman Arun Kumar ruled that special debate would be carried out.

In reply to another call attention motion raised by CPI's Kedarnath Pandey regarding regulation of private schools of the state, Human Resources Development Minister Harinarayan Singh said the government would soon take steps to control the erring private schools after taking legal opinion.

Another member Basudeo Singh wanted to know what the government has done to ensure that the schools abide by the terms and conditions against which they were had been given no objection certificates (NOCs).

Admitting that there was a provision of inspection by district education officer (DEO) once in a year, Singh said, "It has come to the fore that inspection has not been carried out by the DEOs in their districts for quite some time. There is a provision of cancellation of NOC of a school it is found guilty of violating the conditions."

Bureau Report

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