No ban on Red Cross in naxal affected areas: Raman

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Raipur, June 11 (UNI) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has clearly denied any ban against the national and international institutes to carry out peace, medical and education activities in the state's naxal-affected areas.

Dr Singh told UNI journalist in response to an alleged ban on the international Red Cross to foray into health sector in naxal-affected areas.

''I will be pleased if any such organisation will provide its services in this state,'' he said, adding that state government would provide all possible security to these organisations.

He said its a challenge to provide security in inaccessible quarters but no such organisation, including Red Cross has expressed its willingness for the cause.

Sources said Red Cross was interested in providing health services to the state's common man as well as to the insurgents but the latter part refrained the Home Ministry and state's security officers did not back up the proposal.

Dr Singh refuted the fact that alleged obstacles had been created in the Red Cross's path due to its strange willingness.

''The first duty of a doctor is to treat an ailing, injured and patient and he never bothers that the patient is a common man or a criminal,'' he said, adding that he himself could understand this .

He sai, '' we are a democracy and its court's not government's job to punish the guilty.'' ''If police held any injured ultra than he first provide him medical treatment and if red cross is willing to do the same job then what is wrong in that?,'' he questioned.

Red Cross sources said they had been interested in health, education, rehabilitation and relief work and they had been seeking a concrete contract with the Centre and state government in this regard.

''We are willing to wok here for a long duration,'' they said.

Red Cross has been working in 120 counteries and Afghanistan and Sri Lanka had given it recognition.

''If similar recognition will be given to us here then we will venture in the state,'' Red Cross sources added.

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