New Delhi: Expressing its unhappiness over Centre's silence on opening bigger hospitals in Naxal-affected areas,  Parliamentary Standing Committee said new primary health centres and sub-centres need to be opened and it should be made compulsory for the new doctors to serve in those areas by giving some incentives to them.

The department-related Parliamentary standing committee on Home Affairs in its report said special packages are required to be formulated for providing health care for people in Maoist-affected areas, both under the existing schemes as well as new schemes.

The Committee, headed by BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu, also said, in some selected places, bigger hospitals are also required to be opened with all the facilities, including major specialities. Special efforts are needed to be made for health care of women and children.
 
The report was submitted to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari on Thursday.

"The Committee is unhappy to note that the government has not indicated anything relating to opening of bigger hospitals in some selected places of Left Wing Extremism (LWE) areas. The government may give special consideration for this," it said.

"Lack of health care in Naxal-affected areas is another basic issues that leads to dissatisfaction among the people," it noted.

The government, in its action taken report, said that it has identified 34 LWE affected districts in eight states for focused attention and to address the issue of lack of health care, many interventions have been initiated under the National Rural Health Mission.

The Committee also expressed concern over the incidents of jail break and attack on police by the Naxals and termed it as "direct challenge" to the authority of the state. The Committee noted that the incidents of attacks and jail breaks "reflect the inadequacies" of intelligence agencies and, therefore, the intelligence network in the Naxal-affected areas should be strengthened.

The government in its reply said 'prisons' is a state subject and prison administration is the responsibility of the state governments. However, in order to avoid the incident of jail break and to strengthen security arrangements in jails, various advisories have been issued to all states and Union Territories.

 

(Agencies)