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Home Ministry asks 10 Naxal-hit states to expedite development projects

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has asked 10 Naxal-hit states to expedite development projects in Left Wing Extremism affected areas after the Ministry relaxed its guidelines, officials said today.

In his letter to chief secretaries of 10 Maoist-hit states, said all development projects, including construction of roads, bridges, installation of telephone towers, must be expedited as the Ministry has relaxed rules and regulations in this regard.

An inter-ministeral meeting, held recently under the chairmanship of Rajnath Singh, has empowered state governments to give environmental clearance of up to 40 hectares of forest land in LWE-hit areas for carrying out development works, the said.

Relevant guidelines were issued by the Union Ministry of and Forests, another said.

The 10 Naxal-hit tates include Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand,, Odisha, Bihar, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and

The development projects in Naxal-affected areas include like construction of roads, bridges, mobile towers, school buildings, anganwadi centres, primary health centers, drinking water supply, village roads, electric lights in public places such as PHCs and schools, etc.

The central government is pursuing the dual policy of police offensives and development initiatives to tackle the Maoist menace.

The central government provides Rs 1,000 crore every year as 100 per cent grant to 35 LWE-affected districts under the (IAP).

The utilisation of the fund is decided by a committee headed by the and comprising the of The district-level committee has flexibility to spend the amount on development schemes of their choice based on the need of the district.

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First Published: Thu, May 03 2018. 14:20 IST