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No parallel government of naxalites: Raman

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Raipur, Apr 15 (UNI) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh today denied that the Naxalites were running a ''parallel government'' in few areas but admitted the Maoists have a grip in some remote tribal belt influencing panchayat-level decision.

Talking to newsmen here, he said it had come to the government's notice that the Naxalites were preventing tribals from collecting forest produce and also influenced the decisions at panchayat level in some remote areas.

''It's because of their terror tactics. The common masses did not have any confidence in them,'' Mr Singh said, adding Naxalism was not a problem being faced by Chhattisgarh alone but many other states were also under its grip.

Describing Naxalism as a threat to democracy, Mr Singh said the situation would turn from bad to worse if timely steps were not taken to contain the menace. ''We have to take firm action failing which it will develop into a Nepal like situation,'' he added.

The Chief Minister said the centre had already acknowledged that Naxalism was not just a law and order problem confined to any particular state but a national problem.

He expressed happiness over the initiatives being taken by the centre to deal with naxalite meance in 13 states affecting more than 30 crore population.

Asked whether the state government had sought any special package for the socio -economic development of the naxalite affected areas, the Chief Minister said ''What is the use of any such package when we are not in a position to spend money on any works because of unrest and violence in such areas?'', he asked.

He said the state government had already earmarked funds for development of these areas. ''Now it's a challenge to utilise this money in these areas'', he added.

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