Innovation to meet local aspirations is the new buzz to check influence of the Naxalites in 60 districts across the country under the Central government’s Integrated Action Plan (IAP).
If Dantewada district has come up with the concept of two-wheeler ambulances to take ill to the nearest road, Ghadchiroli has provided mobile ambulances for minor operations on the way to a nearby hospital.
Bihar has come up with a unique innovation of generating power rice husk and Kanker in Chhattisgarh has provided solar electricity systems to the villagers without regular power connection.
These are some of the 69,000 works carried out under the IAP, in which the Central government has provided R25 crore in the last financial year and will be giving R30 crore in the current financial year to each of the 60 worst naxal-affected
The magistrates of these districts provided latest status report on the works undertaken at a video-conferencing with the plan panel’s member secretary Sudha Pillai on Wednesday.
In six months of the scheme implementation, the expenditure of over 47% of Rs 1,500 crore was released by the plan panel.
In another naxal-affected district of Chhattisgarh, Bijapur, the money has been utilized to provide employment to local youth by starting Jan Sawidha Express, a scheme, where money to take a bank loan has been provided by the IAP.
Solar energy seems to be a universal solution adopted across 60 naxal-hit districts with the plan panel now deciding to provide up to 90% subsidy for providing solar lanterns to villagers.
While most of the money has been spent on construction of roads, schools, irrigation projects, the district magistrates had utilized some money to meet specific needs of the districts, which are not covered under the Central schemes.