Home Minister Shinde arrives in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, May 31: Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has reached the site of the last saturday's dastardly Naxal Attack in Chhattisgarh and assured full protection to politicians working in Naxal-affected states irrespective of their party affiliation.

Mr. Shinde said there was no flaw in government strategy to fight Naxalism.

He arrived in Chhattisgarh on Friday to have first hand account of the situation in the state. The Minister said that government is giving top priority to basic infrastructure and livelihood of tribals in the country.

The Home Minister said that the Centre has information that Naxals may try to target urban centres and there was specific information about Pune.

Dismissing media reports about his over stay in US, Mr. Shinde said, he extended his visit to meet an eye specialist.

He asserted that he was in touch with the leaders and senior officers of his Ministry during his foreign tour.

Meanwhile, the government has extended the Integrated Action Plan, IAP, a specially conceived development programme for the worst Naxal-affected districts, for four more years with annual allocation of one thousand crore rupees.

The aim of this initiative is to provide public infrastructure and services in Maoist-affected districts.

According to official sources, each of the 82 IAP districts will be given Rs 5 crore annually while remaining 590 crore rupees will be distributed among the districts on the basis of their population and area.

Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are the nine states covered under the plan.

Congress boycotts all party meeting convened by Chhattisgarh CM  

The all party meeting convened by Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh on Thursday took stock of the political situation in the wake of deadly attack on Congress leaders by maoists.

The meeting was boycotted by the Congress leaders.

Senior congress leader B K Hariprasad said that the state government during the last 10 years have never thought of convening such a meeting and therefore they boycotted the all party meet.

Chief Minister Raman Singh said that the naxal attack will be probed by a judicial committee. He said that the anti- naxal operations also need to be supplemented by development in the region for it to be effective.

CPI also is unimpressed with the all party meeting. CPI leader Chittaranjan Bakshi said that BJP did not call all the parties for the meeting.

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