Sunday, April 11, 2010

Chidambaram: States have bigger role in tackling Naxals

TNN, Apr 11, 2010, 03.56am IST

PUDUCHERRY: Union home minister P Chidambaram on Saturday reiterated his stand that state governments had a greater responsibility and role in tackling Maoists than the Centre. At a press meet here, he said the Centre's role, according to the mandate given to the ministry of home affairs, was to provide paramilitary forces to state governments to help them carry out anti-Maoist operations, to regain control over areas (dominated by Naxalites), to restore civic administration and to restart developmental activities.

"I have said this many times. I have said three days ago in Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh) that this is our (central government's) role. I feel all CMs recognise that they have an important role to play," he said. As for his offer to resign owning moral responsibility for the Dantewada massacre, Chidambaram said he had indeed tendered his resignation over the tragedy, in which 76 jawans were killed, and PM Manmohan Singh had rejected it.

"It is a horrific tragedy that hit the CRPF. Seventy-four of the 76 personnel killed were from CRPF. The CRPF is under my charge and the tragedy happened under my watch. So I said the buck stops at my desk," he said.

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