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Rs 7,274 cr spent on development schemes in Naxal-hit areas

Source: News Bharati English09 Dec 2014 15:04:07

New Delhi, Dec 9: Amongst the various development schemes being implemented in the Naxalite-affected districts of the country two schemes viz Additional Central Assistance (ACA) being implemented by the Planning Commission and the Road Requirement Plan (RRP-I), being implemented by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, are the two major developmental schemes, which focus specifically on the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected districts.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in a written reply to Rajendra Agarwal in the Lok Sabha today.

Under the scheme, out of 1,46,878 projects taken up in 10 LWE affected states, 1,20,524 projects have been completed up to 04.12.2014 and against a total Central funds of Rs. 9,059.00 crore released, the expenditure reported is Rs. 7,274.00 crore.

Ten States of the country viz. Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are considered to be the LWE-affected states in varying degrees.

The CPI (Maoist), which is the largest Maoist outfit in the country, is responsible for most of the violent incidents in the country. The CPI (Maoist) cadres are also making forays at the tri-junction of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and trying to establish their bases in the area.

The CPI (Maoist) party is trying to establish organizational bases in the North East with a view to forge relations with other insurgent groups to meet its military requirements.

The Additional Central Assistance (ACA) for the LWE affected districts, being implemented by the Planning Commission and the Road Requirement Plan (RRP-I), being implemented by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, are the two major developmental schemes, which focus specifically on the LWE affected districts.

The Additional Central Assistance for LWE affected districts, which focuses on creation of public infrastructure and services, was earlier being implemented as the Integrated Action Plan (IAP) since the year 2010-11.

The continuation of IAP as ACA Scheme for the remaining years of 12th Five Year Plan was approved by the Government on 01.08.2013.

The scheme which initially covered 60 districts, now covers 88 districts including 76 LWE affected districts in the 10 LWE affected States (Andhra Pradesh-04, Bihar-11, Chhattisgarh-14, Jharkhand-17, Madhya Pradesh-10, Maharashtra-04, Odisha-18, Telangana-04, Uttar Pradesh-03 and West Bengal-03).

The fund allocation per district per year under the scheme was Rs. 25.00 crore in the year 2010-11 and Rs. 30.00 crore in the subsequent years.

Under the scheme, out of 1,46,878 projects taken up in 10 LWE affected states, 1,20,524 projects have been completed up to 04.12.2014 and against a total Central funds of Rs. 9,059.00 crore released, the expenditure reported is Rs. 7,274.00 crore.

RRP-I, being implemented since 2009-10 in 34 LWE affected districts of 08 States (Telangana-01, Bihar-06, Chhattisgarh-07, Jharkhand-11, Madhya Pradesh-01, Maharashtra-02, Odisha-05 and Uttar Pradesh-01) envisages development of 5,477 kms of roads at an estimated cost of Rs. 7,300.00 crore. Out of total 5,469 kms length sanctioned up to 30.11.2014, 3,219 kms has been completed with an expenditure of Rs. 4,268.00 crore.