Competitive Exams: Current Affairs 2011: Naxal areas plan

New plan for Naxal areas

  • In a major bid to overhaul governance in areas vulnerable to Left Wing Extremism, the government is all set to launch a Centrally-sponsored scheme for nearly 300 blocks across seven states. The scheme, christened as Central India Tribal Plan, would be implemented from the next year and executed by hand-picked officers with an impeccable career profile under the direct monitoring of the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) to be set up by the Planning Commission.

  • The Commission which is firming up the blueprint has suggested re-casting the focus from the districts to the tribal-dominated blocks where the scheme would be implemented and its execution intensively monitored. This effectively means that the Integrated Action Plan (IAP), which was hitherto being executed in 60 Naxal-hit districts entailing an expenditure of about Rs. 3, 500 crore, is being re-designed to make it block-oriented to carry out the development works.

  • In the 12th Plan, Government is going to cover the entire central Indian tribal belts of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal. Government needs to allocate money in a more focused way by ascertaining which area needs how much money.

  • To ensure that execution of the scheme doesn't become a business-as-usual exercise, the Commission has suggested that hand-picked officials with an impeccable career profile would be posted as officers equivalent to the rank of Block Development Officers and would be specifically entrusted to execute the scheme in a dedicated manner.

  • There is need to entrust officers with exemplary service record to execute this programme. The execution of the exercise would be concurrently monitored by the IEO. This is because there is a need to allow them report independently to the IEO in case they encounter any execution problems.

Courtesy: The Hindu and Times of India