Sunday, October 09, 2005

New act to counter naxal menace, Dharam

Mangalore: Karnataka Chief Minister N Dharam Singh today said he will enact a piece of legislation, besides amending the Forest Amendment act to help tribal people living in the forest areas and check naxal activities.

Addressing a press conference here after chairing a review meet with top officials and Superintendents of Police of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Chikamgalur districts, he said he had apprised Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil about the situation in the naxal-infested areas in the state.

Reiterating that the Government would hold talks with ultras only if they renounced and came to the negotiating table, he said the extremists find a solution to their problems through ballots and not bullets.

Mr Singh urged the Centre to provide five acres of land each to 2,000 tribal families living in the Kudremukh National Park area, instead of one acre.

The State Government had released Rs 23 crore for developing infrastructure and curbing naxal activities in the Western ghats area, the Chief Minister said, adding that he had also convened an all-party meeting to discuss the issue.

Admitting that the police force was not adequately equipped to deal with the menace, he assured that the Government would provide all required weapons.

Referring to the Rs 25,000 crore ONGC project in Dakshina Kannada, Mr Singh said there was absolutely no confusion about implementing the project in the district and work would start soon. A nodal officer would be appointed shortly and a notification issued in this regard.

He said status quo would be maintained at the Datta Jayanthi festivities and the procedure followed last year would be continued.

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