ACHR PRESS RELEASE
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ACHR Index: PR/IND/08/06
30 March 2006

Centre urged to set up a separate Ministry for
Development of Naxalite Affected Areas

235 persons killed in nine Naxalite affected States in 2006

New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights today urged the Central government to set up a separate a separate Ministry for Development of Naxalite Affected Areas in order to address the Naxalite problem. Tomorrow, the Union Home Ministry of the government of India has called a meeting with Chief Secretaries and Director Generals of Police of 9 Naxalite affected States.

Launching the first issue of quarterly “Naxal Conflict Monitor”
( http://www.achrweb.org/briefingpapers/NCM0106.pdf ), Asian Centre for Human Rights stated that from January to March 2006, at least 235 persons comprising of respectively 103 civilians, 80 alleged Naxalites and 52 security forces have been killed in the nine Naxalite affected States. Maximum number of killings were reported from Chhattisgarh (124 persons), followed by Jharkhand (32), Bihar (21) and Andhra Pradesh (21). Majority were killed in land mine explosions planted by the Naxalites.

“The government's security concerns outweigh the need for what the government calls “accelerated socio-economic development”. The initiatives of the Central government under the Backward Districts Initiative of the Rashtriya Sam Vikas Yojana are inadequate and do not convey the sense of urgency required to address lack of development in the areas where the State governments until recently had little semblance of presence” –stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights.

It recommended the Central government to set up a separate Ministry, akin to the Ministry of Development of North East Region (DONER), to implement economic development of the Naxalite affected areas as a matter of priority.

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