New Delhi: In a bid to counter Maoist rebels in different parts of the country, the Central government has proposed to construct cement concrete roads (CC-roads) under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). 

The Rural Development Ministry, which administers the rural connectivity programme, is likely to get a green signal on the project in a meeting scheduled on September 13. The meeting, which is likely to be addressed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, would be attended by the district collectors of the Naxal-affected districts.

Elaborating further, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said, “We have prepared a 19-point integrated programme to help in solving the issue.”

While interacting with mediapersons, the Minister said, “We have resorted to twin strategy of law and order and infrastructure development in order to deal with the Naxal menace.”

“PMGSY aims at providing roads in all unconnected habitation especially remote areas,” he said, adding that the purpose behind cement roads is that it would be difficult for Maoists to blast them through landmines.

Notably, Home Minister P Chidambaram would attend the opening session of the meeting, which would also see the participation of Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force, besides the engineering core personnel of the of CRPF.

Looking at the security issues, the responsibility to construct the CC-roads in remote areas can be given to the CRPF.

Pointing out other problems in Naxal-hit districts, Ramesh said, “Non-tribals have illegally taken possession of the tribal lands. And in absence of law and order, such people are bound to take help from Naxalites to get their land back.”

“To tackle such situation, we would provide the tribal people effective legal assistance,” the Union Minister added.

(JPN/Bureau)