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Prime Minister nixes plan to bring Naxal areas out of red

delhi Updated: Oct 18, 2010 00:57 IST
Chetan Chauhan

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has rejected the Planning Commission's Rs 13,742-crore plan to usher in development in 60 Naxal-affected districts in nine states, saying it is not "implementable".

The panel had got the Integrated Action Plan cleared by Home Minister P Chidambaram and Finance Minister Pranab Mukerjee before submitting it to the Prime Minister's Office for approval in September. But the PMO returned the blueprint and sought a re-design with an "implementable format".

The rejected format aimed at strengthening village-level institutions to implement development work. It envisaged giving the districts Rs 3,000 crore in the first two years of the plan to strengthen panchayati raj institutions and in the remaining two years, over Rs 9,000 crore to build school, roads and sanitation facilities.

The money was to be spent at the discretion of the district administration and state government.

But, the PMO felt the plan failed to spell out how panchayati raj institutions would be strengthened. Another flaw: lack of clear identification of agencies to implement the work.

"We are working on it as per PMO directions," a plan panel member said.

The panel too was divided over the plan. Some members felt inputs of the mid-term appraisal of the 11th Plan were not incorporated. Some wanted an independent mechanism to route the funds and monitor the development process.

All these would have to be factored in.