Saturday, July 24, 2010

$1bn sought to counter Maoists:India

An Indian state seen as a bastion of an increasingly deadly Maoist revolt said yesterday it was asking for $1bn to counter the left-wing insurgency with a development surge.Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh told federal and state planners that the funds would be spent to rapidly build infrastructure and improve social conditions in the worst-hit districts of the troubled central Indian state.“We have submitted a scheme totalling Rs45.5bn ($1bn) for seven districts widely affected by left-wing extremism and I hope its sanction will be accorded soon,” he told the National Development Council. Chhattisgarh says the insurgency has taken roots in 13 of the impoverished state’s 19 districts.

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