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Chhattisgarh mulls group insurance cover in Naxal areas January 31, 2006

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Raipur: The Chhattisgarh government is likely to consider providing group insurance cover to the people in the naxalite infested areas of the state, Chief Minister Raman Singh has said.

”It’s a good suggestion which could be examined”, he told reporters at his residence here last night.

Mr Singh was replying to a question about the possibility of state government introducing group insurance cover to the people in naxalite infested areas in view of the increase in naxalite violence, particularly in tribal Bastar region.

Asked whether the state government would make arrangements for security in the villages as the people were being attacked by the Communist Party of India (Maoists) ever since the movement against extremists began nearly six months ago, he said it would not be practically possible to post security personnel in each and every village.

However, special police officers had been appointed and they were also imparted training to handle weapons, he said, adding these SPOs would assist the security forces besides extending support to the village defence committees. Efforts were being made to strengthen this system, he added.

Asked as to how long the state government would be able to accommodate more than 15,000 people in relief camps, the Chief Minister said clusters, comprising about 200 houses, were being constructed at different places to provide shelter to those people who had fled from their villages following naxalite threat.

He said these cluster of houses would be close to police stations and necessary social infrastructure like hospitals and educational facilities would also be provided close to these houses.

Strongly condemning Sunday night naxalite attack on a relief camp near Gangalur in South Bastar, in which eight villagers and three naxalites were killed, he said the attack was the outcome of frustation of Maoists as they were being isolated following the peoples’ revolt against them.

For the last six months, the tribals of Bastar are up in arms against naxalites and they had launched ”Salwa Judum”– which means peace campaign in local dialect– to motivate people to disociate themselves from extremists and return back to the national mainstream.

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