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Final draft of action plan for Naxal-hit areas in a month

delhi Updated: Jul 12, 2010 22:26 IST

The Plan panel would be ready with the final draft of the Integrated Action Plan (IAP) for development of the 35 Naxal-hit districts spread over nine states in a month's time.

"The Commission should be ready with the final draft of IAP in a month as consultations with organisations like civil societies are still on," Member Planning Commission Mihir Shah told reporters after a meeting on IAP with non-government organisation in New Delhi.

Asked about financial package for the development of infrastructure such as roads, electricity and drinking water in these 35 districts, he said, "It is yet to be finalised."

Shah said funding under the IAP would be done for three years. There are suggestions from civil societies that in the naxal hit districts, Panchayti Raj institutions like Gram Sabha and Panchayat should be used for inclusive development.

But these are just suggestions, what shape IAP takes is yet to be finalised, Shah said, adding that all members of the panel would meet on Tuesday to share their views.

Earlier in an internal meeting, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia had asked all the members to give their ideas on how to go about IAP.

Last week, Ahluwalia had indicated that the panel is working on Rs 13,742 crore financial package for these 35 districts.

He had also disclosed that the proposal came from the Cabinet Committee on Security and would be for a three-year period for infrastructure development.

As per an assessment by the Planning Commission, the government's flagship schemes like Bharat Nirman have not achieved the desired results in the country's backward areas, aggravating the problem of extremism in several parts.

Earlier, Ahluwalia had also expressed concern over excessive state regulations over tribals' right to use minor forest produce such as grass and tendu leaves.

These should not be subject to regulation by the state Forest Departments, he had maintained.

The commission is also looking at the possibility of implementing the PESA (Panchayats Extension to Schedule Areas) Act, 1996, to give tribals the right to use minor forest produce.

Parts of as many as nine states -- Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal -- are in the grip of Naxalism.