CPM Snubs PC for Flaying States, Demands Coordinated Response to Maoists

The CPM has snubbed Union Home Minister P Chidambaram for flaying state governments over Maoist violence, citing that the Centre is responsible for the displacement of tribal people because of rampant mining, reported IANS.

Deploring Tuesday’s Naxal attack in Dantenwada which killed 76 jawans, the CPM said that the attack ‘is a reminder that no state government can singly tackle the violence perpetrated by the Maoists’, report said.

“(As) Maoists are conducting their major armed operations in seven states, it becomes the responsibility of the central government to ensure a coordinated response and for providing adequate assistance through the central police forces.

“Regrettably, the home minister has been prone to throw the responsibility on to the state governments and to blame them for the consequences of the Maoist depredations.

“Such an approach should be given up and proper coordination between the centre and the states concerned should be established.”

It noted that rebels were focusing on tribal belts of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh where ‘large tracts of land are being handed over to foreign and Indian companies for mining operations’, said report.

“Instead of adopting measures for the socio-economic development of such regions, the policies of the central government are harming the interests of the tribal people.

“The displacement of the tribal people and the loss of their livelihood and habitats are a direct result of the policy of the central government to indiscriminately throw open all these areas for mining operations, legal and illegal. This must be put a stop to immediately.”

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