Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Chhattisgarh Government has clarified that there is no ban on the representatives of the Medicine Sans Frontiers (MSF), a global non-governmental organisation, from functioning in the naxalite-affected areas of Bastar.

A statement by an official spokesperson said on Saturday that the administration in Bastar had only issued an advisory to the local MSF representatives asking them to avoid travelling to sensitive interior areas. This was issued out of concern for their security.

The NGO was free to carry out its humanitarian activities according to the norms of Medical Council of India, the spokesperson said.

Describing as “factually incorrect” the news items that suggested that the MSF had been banned, he said the Government had not even contemplated barring the NGO from working in any part of the State.

It was sensitive to the humanitarian aid provided by the MSF across the world and in India.