Communal incidents being tackled, Naxal violence reducing: Mukherjee

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 21, 2013 07:50 hrs

Asserting the Central Government's determination to thwart all attempts to violate peace, President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said incidents of left-wing extremist violence have shown a declining trend.

Addressing a joint session of Parliament at the start of the Budget Session, Mukherjee said: " My Government is determined to thwart any attempt at disturbing our communal peace and harmony. Incidents of left-wing extremist violence have shown a declining trend. The number of deaths in Naxal violence declined from 611 in 2011 to 414 in 2012."

"My Government is committed to dealing with left-wing extremism in a comprehensive manner. It is pursuing a two- pronged approach of conducting proactive and sustained operations against extremists and focussing attention on development and governance issues in extremist affected areas," he added.

"A new scheme for construction and strengthening of 400 police stations has been started in the affected areas. The first phase of the plan for improving road connectivity in 34 most affected districts at a cost of '7,300 crore is likely to be completed by March, 2015," he said.

He further said that in July 2012, incidents of violence took place in some districts of Assam, in which about hundred persons were killed.

"In order to control the violence, adequate army and paramilitary forces were deployed. The state government set up relief camps and provided basic amenities to the affected people. The central government announced a package of '300 crore for relief and rehabilitation efforts," he added.

On the overall security situation, Mukherjee said: "The security situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the North East has shown a perceptible improvement. The number of tourists visiting Jammu and Kashmir has increased from 8.99 lakh in 2011 to 12.37 lakh in 2012. Compared with 2011, the number of fatalities in incidents of terrorist violence in 2012 declined by nearly half."

"Under the placement-linked scheme named Udaan, proposals of corporate houses to train nearly 25,000 youth from Jammu and Kashmir have already been approved. Under another placement linked skill development initiative called Himayat, more than 1650 youth from the state have been trained, of which over 650 have been employed," he added.

Asserting that the government has accorded high priority to border management, Mukherjee said: "In addition to the work of border fencing, roads and floodlighting along the borders with Bangladesh, Pakistan and Myanmar, the government has decided to undertake the construction of 509 additional border outposts along the Indo-Bangladesh and Indo-Pakistan border. The Integrated Check Post at Attari was operationalised in April 2012.

On Gorkhaland, Mukherjee said: "In pursuance of the tri-partite agreement, an autonomous body called the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) has been formed in August, 2012 for the Darjeeling Hill Areas."

"My Government will provide the GTA financial assistance of ' 200 crore per annum for three years for development of socio-economic infrastructure. This will be over and above the normal plan assistance to the State of West Bengal," he added. (ANI)

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