New Delhi: Highlighting the UPA flagship scheme in combating the menace of Naxalism across the country, Minister of State for Home Jitendra Singh said the Centre has released Rs 2,500 crore under the Integrated Action Plan (IAP) to the states to fight the problem and carry out development activities.

He was responding to a question raised by Rastriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Raghuvansh Prasad Singh in Lok Sabha on the first day of Winter Session of the Parliament on Tuesday.

Attributing the Centre’s role in the fight against Naxalism, he said “The UPA government has immensely contributed in bringing down the graph of Naxal violence in the 83 Naxal-hit districts spread across the states including Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and others.
He further said the Naxal violence cases reported from different parts of the country has shown a significant decline as compared to the last year.
 
As many as 1,476 cases were reported till November 15 from Naxal-hit states. Elaborating the figures, he said, 415 cases were reported from Jhargram district in West Bengal alone. While the number of cases reported in Chhattisgarh was 385 cases, Bihar had 274 registered cases.

The Minister informed the Parliament that the death of citizens and security forces in the Naxal violence has also shown a significant decline. As many as 389 death cases of citizens and 124 cases of security personnel were reported across the country.

Last year, the numbers were comparatively higher with 720 and 285 numbers of deaths of civilians and security personnel respectively, he added.

However, Singh also accepted that the number of extortion cases have not shown improvement. While 150 cases of extortion were reported last year, the number remained at 149 till November 15 this year.

JPN/Bureau