New Delhi, Jan 18 (Agencies): In an unprecedented incident, Chhattisgarh Government on Tuesday admitted in the Supreme Court that the prevailing situation of tribals being caught in a crossfire between Maoists, the police and anti-Maoist vigilante group Salwa Judum was a testimony to governance failure.

"All these are the testimony of failure of governance in the state. It is honestly accepted," senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the state government, submitted before a Bench comprising Justices B Sudershan Reddy and S S Nijjar.

The statement by Salve was made in the backdrop of 40,000 tribals leaving their home for relief camps and schools in Naxal-affected districts occupied by security forces.

However, the senior advocate defended the appointment of a high-powered committee headed by Chief Minister Raman Singh to monitor relief and rehabilitation work in Maoist-hit areas saying it cannot be led by an "ousider".

"There is nothing wrong in Relief and Rehabilitation committee being headed by the Chief Minister. It is not the power but the duty of the CM and the committee cannot be headed by an outsider," Salve said countering the rights activists who have opposed the idea of the Chief Minister heading a committee.

He submitted there was no need for the appointment of high-powered committee to look after the relief and rehabilitation work and the state government is competent enough to look after its people.

However, the apex court stuck to its earlier demand and asked Chhattisgarh government to vacate all school buildings under the occupation of security forces in Naxal-hit
areas of the state within four months.