AP counterinsurgency policies worthy of emulation: Reddy

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Hyderabad, Feb 20 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today said the policies framed by the state government to curb naxalism could be emulated by other naxal infested states.

Replying to the debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor's Address in the Assembly, he said the steps taken by the state government had been appreciated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister Shivraj V Patil.

He said the 'political killings' had also come down in the state, including in faction-prone Rayalaseema.

Referring to the recent terrorist attacks in Hyderabad, he said the state government had strengthened the police by recruiting over 10,000 constables and 7,000 Home Guards.

Over 12,000 more Home Guards were being appointed to improve the basic functioning of the police, he said.

''My Government is not treating extremism as a mere law and order problem, but viewing it as a socio-economic problem'', he said, adding that the Congress government was creating ten lakh jobs both in public and private sectors, focussing on naxalite-infested areas.

He alleged that the previous TDP government had failed to effectively curb insurgency in the state.

He said 34 political murders were witnessed in the state during 2006-07 compared to 65 in 2003-04, 47 in 2004-05 and 56 in 2005-06.

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