Surguja district, once affected by Maoist activities, is now free of the Naxal menace. Efforts are now on to achieve the same in the Bastar division, where Naxalites are surrendering in large numbers, he said.

The Chief Minister said he prayed for progress and return of peace in Chhattisgarh.

The Bastar division, which comprises seven districts, has seen surrender by scores of rebels in the recent past. The latest was on December 29, when 23 Naxals surrendered themselves in front of officials in Bastar district.

About a fortnight ago, 70 Naxals had surrendered in Chintalnar area of Sukma district, which is part of the Bastar division.

The financial package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Dantewada in May last year, is being used for development of the region, the CM said.

Singh noted that Chhattisgarh has 45 percent of its land under forests and hence the government is mulling starting 'jungle tourism'.

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