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Naxal movement linked with development, Arjun Munda stresses

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New Delhi, Apr 13 (UNI) The Naxalites movement could not and should not be disassociated from the developmental issues, Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda today said.

Observing that militant organisations were trying to uproot the country's democratic systems, Mr Munda, addressing the Chief Minister's conclave of naxalites affected States here urged the Centre to evolve a clear cut policy to combat Naxalism with developmental activities.

While stressing that there was no place in the country for outfits like the Peoples Army or the Peoples War, which resort to armed movement, Mr Munda added that Naxalism had gained ground in the regions where developmental projects had not taken off.

Saying that there was an acute shortage of basic infrastructure facilities in his tribal state, the Chief Minister appealed to the Centre to render a helping hand by announcing a special package for Jharkhand.

''I'm pained to say so, but development of the states has not taken place as per the democratic descipline. On our side we also must ponder over whether we are following the principles of democracy in its true sense,'' Mr Munda said.

There was a need to evolve a new thinking after detailed discussions on five-year plans, industrial relations, population exploitation and unemployment with the objective of higher developmental growth, the Chief Minister said.

He also said that new projects could not be initiated in the state as the militant organisations had doubts about the rehabilitation schemes for displaced tribals and asked the Centre to clearly spell the policy in that regard as well.

The meeting was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and attended by Home Minister Shivraj Patil.

UNI BKS JN HT1648

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