Centre assures more assistance to naxal-hit Dantewada, Bijapur

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New Delhi, Feb 5 (UNI) An Inter Ministerial Group today deliberated the measures to accelerate the development process in the naxalism affected Dantewada and Bijapur districts of Chhattisgarh by on improving infrastructure facilites and employment opportunities and assured all possible central assistance to the state government in this regard.

The sixth meeting of IMG headed by Additional Secretary in the Home Ministry Vinay Kumar deliberated on issues like improving rural connectivity by constructing roads and bridges in the remote areas of the districts which have been the worst hit by naxalism.

It also offered to make focussed intervention under various central schemes for improving health, education, rural electrification and housing facilities for the people.

The meeting was attended by Joint Secretary level officials of all the development related ministries like agriculture, rural development, Panchayati Raj, Road Transport, Tribal affairs and Information and Broadcasting. Representatives of the Planning Commission, CRPF and SSB also participated in the meeting which for the first time deliberated on district specific measures to improve the condition at the grassroot level.

The Centre is now focusing on eight districts in four states which are worst affected by naxalism by adopting a holistic approach which include both security as well as development of these backward areas which have emerged as the hotbed of naxal violence in the country.

These eight districts have been asked to formulate a plan to not only contains naxal violence but take effective measures to counter it. They have also been asked to develop a replicable action model including a variety of existing schemes so that they could be implemented in an integrated and coordinated matter.

The IMG meet assured all possible assistance to the state government by providing adequate financial assistance for the construction of rural roads, electrification of remote villages. It also deliberated the feasibility of accepting the state government's request to provide houses under the Indira Awas Yojna to naxalism hit people belonging Above Poverty Line. Construction of primary and middle schools to improve education facilities and anganwadi centres for children was also deliberated alongwith increasing funding for the employment opportunities for poor people, especially women.

Providing additional funds to Self Help Groups under the Backward Region Grant Fund scheme was discussed.


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