Karnataka is in the process of formulating a package for the benefit of Naxals who wish to surrender, Home Minister Dr V. S. Acharya said on Tuesday.

“The new package is likely to be announced in about six months by the authorities in Naxal affected districts,” he told reporters here.

He claimed Naxal activities in the State have come down due to steps taken by Karnataka in the last eight years.

Mr. Acharya regretted that Karnataka had not been invited to the recent meeting of Naxal-hit States convened by the Centre to discuss the problem despite the fact that the State has seen a decline in Naxalite activities.

The Anti-Naxal Force is engaged in regular combing operations in Naxal-affected districts, he said.