New Delhi: Once engaged in a slugfest with the Civil Society over the passage of anti-graft ombudsman bill in the Parliament, the Congress led UPA government in the Centre is contemplating to seek the support of the same to fight Naxalism.

Appreciating the Civil Society’s significant role in the field of social welfare, the government is planning to engage the society members for effective implementation of its livelihood programmes in Naxal hit regions.

The centre has prepared a proposal and initiated deliberations with the Chief Ministers of the Naxal hit states to implement the project at the earliest.

Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh has written letter to the CMs seeking their suggestion on the proposal. Thereafter, a meeting of Chief Ministers will be convened to reach to a consensus over the new policy.

Taking initiative in this direction, the Union Ministry of Rural Development and Planning Commission has prepared a proposal of Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation (BRLF). The foundation will extend support to develop 190 districts and 900 blocks falling under tribal regions of Orrisa, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

To run the BRLF effectively, the agencies of Central and state governments along with the NGOs and foreign agencies will be taken on board. The foundation would begin its operations with the initial corpus of Rs 500. More so, prominent banks and other organisations will also be included in BRLF. The foundation will be registered under Society Act.

Under BRLF, states will play a vital role in the appointment of Board of directors. Besides, the state governments will have to provide monetary assistance for this policy. Importantly, to maintain the transparency in its functioning, BRLF will be under the purview of the Comptroller Auditor General (CAG) and Right to Information Act.