Regional (M.P & C.G)

CG unveils 100 Cr. plan for Bastar

February 26, 2009 news service

Long perceived of as the most backward areas in the country, Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district s all set to get a facelift with the state government unveiling plan to invest Rs. 100 crore on infrastructure development in this insurgency hit district.

“The government is conscious of the backwardness of Bastar and we are making serious efforts to build infrastructure – roads, bridges, schools – to improve people’s quality of life,” said Chief Minister Raman Singh while addressing a farmers’ rally in the district on Thursday.

He said the infrastructure projects would cost the government about Rs.100 crore.

Singh added that the government was firm in its resolve to ensure the speedy development of the tribal-dominated Bastar region.

Launching a frontal attack on insurgents operating in the region, Singh said: “Maoists can never be the well-wishers of Bastar people as they are killing innocent people and blocking development.”

He advised Maoists to “shun violence and return to mainstream of society”, and added that violence had no place in a democracy.

“In any civilised society, the government can never tolerate violence, it will be dealt firmly and decisively,” he warned.

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