Patna, May 4: BJP MP and former Union Minister C P Thakur today asked the Bihar Chief Minister to concentrate on uplift of the oppressed section to curb extremism menace in the state.
Addressing a function organised by Vikash Manch, Dr Thakur urged Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to improve agricultural infrastructure and provide vocational training facilities in the rural areas for economic independence of the downtrodden.
Dr Thakur said the development of rural areas would not only initiate the state's development but also curb the naxalism problems.
He said proper infrastructure should be established and special financial assistance given to the poor to set up cottage industries.
The BJP leader also asked Urban Development Minister Bhola Prasad Singh to provide housing, drinking water supply and other facilities to the poor and slum dwellers.
Speaking on the occasion, Vikas Manch president Govind Kumar Bansal said Dr Thakur's effort to uplifting the poor were 'commendable'.
He also informed that the MP helped them in getting economic assistance from different fnancial institutions and also provided the assistance from his own quota.