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PC to hold review meet with MPs

delhi Updated: Apr 30, 2010 01:13 IST
Chetan Chauhan
Chetan Chauhan
Hindustan Times
Home Minister

Home Minister P Chidambaram is expected to discuss on Friday with the local Members of Parliament and senior officials the hurdles in the implementation of various development plans in Naxal-hit districts.

Development plans had been slowest to take off in the areas with considerable Naxal presence, a Planning Commission task force reported after the Dantewada massacre.

The rebels had killed 76 security men in the April 6 strike.

Reviewing the implementation of the 11 Union government schemes in the 33 Naxal-hit districts spread across eight states, the report found that in Dantewada, claims for the land allocated under the forest rights Act had not been given. While only 35 per cent of the funds meant for roads had been used, only 16 per cent of the healthcare money had been expended.

The report looked into the utilisation of funds - released since the launch of various schemes - till April 10.

Connectivity remains a big issue in fight against Naxals, whose familiarity with the terrain gives them an advantage over security forces.

In Bijapur, another Chhattisgarh district, only 3 per cent of the money meant for rural roads has been used, while not a penny has been spent on health.

In Hazaribagh in Jharkhand, more than half the money meant for roads, health and rural housing remains untouched.

The report seems to concur with the rebel sympathisers, who allege that Naxal-hit districts are among the poorest in India even though richest in mineral reserves.

When Chidambaram will meet the MPs of 33-Naxal hit districts these findings are likely to be discussed.

"The meeting is part of the government's larger strategy to deal with the Maoists," an official said on condition of anonymity.