Kolkata: In order to bring the Naxalites in the mainstream of the society, the Centre has decided to speed up the development schemes being run in the Naxal affected areas of West Bengal. Working on similar lines, the state government is also striving hard to resume the peace deliberations with the Naxalites through the Civil Society.

In a meeting with District Magistrates of Naxal hit districts, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said development projects are required to be completed at the earliest as it would reduce the Naxal activities in these areas.

In a significant move, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has already announced a special package for districts of West Midnapore, Purulia, Bankura.

The administration has also shown its sincerity in the implementation of the welfare schemes in the areas. Moreover, the government is willing to announce a special package, if the Naxalites surrender their arms.

Naxals have also laid down conditions before interlocutor (Civil Society) which prominently includes the release of their leaders, withdrawal of joint security forces and seizure of arms from the people in general.

Government interlocutor Chhotan Das said, “I have apprised the CM of the condition put forth by the Naxal leaders.” If the talk resumes, the political prisoners will automatically be released, he added.

Earlier, Naxalites had demanded to release of prisoners before resuming the talk. As of now, 10 members of the Communist Party of  India (Maoist) are in jail, while 66 tribals are in the various jails of the state on the charge of having alleged links with Naxalites.
Naxalites are concerned of joint operation by the security forces of the Central and state forces and sporadic arrests.

Das said, “About 500 political prisoners are locked up in the state prisons, out of which 54 are Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) members. The pending cases against 17,000 people must be withdrawn for creating a suitable environment for deliberations.”

(JPN/Bureau)