Mamata gives fresh call to Maoists to return to mainstream
Making a fresh appeal to Maoists to return to the mainstream, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee today assured them that her government was trying to solve the problem in a peacefull way.kolkata Updated: Aug 25, 2011 15:16 IST
Making a fresh appeal to Maoists to return to the mainstream, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday assured them that her government was trying to solve the problem in a peacefull way.
Hoping that good sense would ultimately prevail on them, she said, "We want the Maoists to return to mainstream. We don't believe in killing of people which is a criminal offence. We are trying to solve the problem in a peaceful manner. We still believe that development is a key issue in Jangalmahal."
"I am getting reports that Maoists were assembling in some areas in Jangalmahal," she told reporters at the state secretariat.
She also announced a compensation package for civilians killed in Maoists attacks.
Under the compensation package, the state government would provide rupees two lakh and the Centre would give rupees three lakh to the families of the civilians who fall victims to such attacks.
Banerjee also said that her government was also thinking of either providing a job or pension to the familiy members of the civilians killed in Maoist onslaught.
In this connection, she mentioned the fresh package offered to the surrendering Maoists earlier this month.
She said that she would have a meeting with the team constituted to talk to the Maoists on Friday.