Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Govt has 'roadmap' ready to fight Naxals

Mahendra Ved
[ Wednesday, December 07, 2005 01:34:25 amTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

NEW DELHI: The way to fight Naxalism lies in building roads, government has concluded. Responding to a proposal from Orissa, it has asked Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh also for a revised scheme to lay the Ranchi-Vijaywada National Highway.

Fifty five districts in nine Naxal-affected states have been earmarked for a Rs 15-crore annual grant to build roads, create infrastrcture and in the process, generate jobs for tribals.

The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana is being utilised, asking the states to explore ways to develop state highways and give them high priority in the annual plans.

Orissa has been sending alarming signals since the "Compact Revolutionary Zone" that provides the north-south link between the Nepalese Maoists and the Andhra Pradesh Naxals is being pushed eastwards.

It is a significant push that has caused concern at the Union home ministry. Officials say the ban on CPI (Maoist) in Andhra and Chhattisgarh in August and September and the consequent pressures to curb their activities have pushed them to the fertile terrain of Orissa.

The Orissa government has reported to the Centre that the Maoists are planning to open the corridor from Nepal to Andhra.

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