Monday, August 29, 2005

Naxal menace: Raman calls for joint action plan

Monday August 29 2005 12:43 IST

BHUBANESHWAR: Chhatisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Sunday called for a joint action plan co-ordinated by the Centre to deal with the problem of Left wing extremism.

Left wing extremism has spread to 100 districts in several states and a population of about 30 crore are affected. The Central Government should formulate an integrated action plan taking all affected states into confidence, Singh told newsmen here.

Singh, who was here to attend the National executive committee meeting of the BJP’s Scheduled Tribe Morcha, said that the onus of solving the Maoist problem lies with the Centre as 80 per cent of the issues which fuelled the Naxalite movement involve Central Government.

He said that a committee under the chairmanship of the Union Home Minister should be constituted to monitor and plan programmes to tackle the situation.

He said several states including Orissa, Jharkhand, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhatishgarh and Maharashtra have become the victim of the Maoist problem and it would be difficult for the State Government to tackle the problem without active co-operation from the Centre.

He hinted that the Chhattisgarh Government would move a Bill in the next session of the Assembly to take appropriate steps to check terrorists activities.

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