“If the government is serious enough to alleviate the tribal problem, then it should persuade the Maoists to come for talks," said former IAS officer Debabrata Bandopadhyay, Chairman of the panel.
“Both should leave aside some of their demands and agree on a negotiable situation. Naxals have to shelve the aim of seizure of power for the time being and negotiate with the state in the interest of thousands of poor and innocent families," said Mr. Bandopadhyay. He had played a key role in the Left Front government"s 'Operation Barga" on land reforms.
Kishenji, the maoist leader was earlier ready to sit for a talk on the basis of the recommendations made by Bandopadhyay committee.
Bandopadhyay also opined that the Government should first execute the laws meant for the welfare of tribals and halt them away from the Maoists so that it would be in a position to dictate the agenda to persuade the Maoists to come forward for talks.
Prakash Singh, the former UP DGP and a member of the committee said that the movement of Government towards Naxals should be more planned and calculated.
“The government should be open for talks, but the offer should not be given at the wrong time. The Home Minister"s offer for talks just after the Naxal attack at Dantewada was unjustified," he said.