New Delhi: The number of Naxalite related violence has come down to 908 in 2017 from a high of 2258 in 2009 and the geographical spread of violence has also shrunk considerably, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir informed the Lok Sabha today.
The ministry said 90 districts in 11 states are currently covered by the Security Related Expenditure Scheme. As part of their tactics, the Left Wing Extremists change their areas of operation from time to time. These are mostly undertaken to deflect pressure on armed cadres in their core areas.
Over the past few years, there have been some efforts by the CPI (Maoist) to expand their activities to the Kerala-Karnataka-Tamil Nadu tri-junction and Madhya Pradesh-Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh tri-junction with limited success. Districts which have been particularly affected are Wayanad, Palakkad and Malappuram, all in Kerala on the Kerala-Karnataka-Tamil Nadu tri-junction and Balaghat, Mandala in Madhya Pradesh, Gondia in Maharashtra and Rajnandgaon in Chhattisgarh on the Madhya Pradesh-Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh tri-junction.
“The government has a holistic approach towards combating LWE wherein it supplements the efforts of the State Governments over a wide range of measures. A National Policy and Action Plan has been put in place that envisages a multi-pronged strategy involving security-related measures, developmental interventions and ensuring rights and entitlements of local communities,” Ahir said.
“Development initiatives include focused schemes for development of roads, installation of mobile towers, skill development, improving the network of banks and post offices, health and education facilities, particularly in the most affected districts. These measures have contributed towards weaning away the people from Maoist influence and increased support for the government,” he added.