Sunday, March 28, 2010

Maoists Offering Salary To The Cadres, Unemployed Youths Attracted

By SUNIL Sonkar

New Delhi, March 28 — A salary of Rs 3,000 and a cut of the extortion money is being given to the cadre by Maoists to attract more unemployed youths into their armed fight.

According to officials, this strategy of Maoists has led to unemployed youngsters hailing from backward areas joining the movement.

Home Ministry official said, “It is a matter of concern. Acute poverty coupled with lack of job opportunities is turning many youths to Naxalism. They get Rs 3,000 as monthly remuneration and a cut of the extortion money they collect.”

It is learned that the Maoists extort money annually to the tune of Rs 1,400 crore. They operate in the mineral-rich areas where many industries are located.
Fearing the extremist group many of the industries, contractors, businessmen, and also some of the government officials give extortion money to them in the area.
Home Secretary Gopal K Pillai recently said, “They can now bring many sectors of Indian economy to their knees. But they don’t want to do it today. They know that if they do that now, the state will come very hard on them. They are not fully prepared to face the onslaught of the state machinery. So, they would rather go very slowly.”
34 districts in 8 states has been taken by the government as focus areas. In all these areas there has been high incidences of Naxal violence.

Apart from this, the Home Ministry is also building up capacity in the state police forces in the areas and helping them with deployment of central forces along with sharing intelligence, training support and inter-state coordination.
In the past 6 months the security forces have taken control of around 4,000 sq km area from Naxals and civil administration has been restored there.
Now, the Maoists dominate about 40,000 sq km of area.

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