Link failure averts meeting on Maoist -affected areas

Indrani Dutta

Was to discuss development of extremist-affected areas

KOLKATA: A link failure came in the way of a successful conducting of a meeting between key officials of nine States and the Centre on development programmes for left wing extremism-affected areas.

The meeting was planned to be held between the Planning Commission, and the chief secretaries of nine extremist activity-affected States, as well as the district magistrates of the affected districts, State home secretary Samar Ghosh said.

He said while he was preparing to participate in the meeting on behalf of the State chief secretary, a communication link failure did not allow the meeting to take place.

The meeting was expected to do the preparatory work for taking forward the government's proposal to put in place an integrated action plan for development of extremist-affected areas. He said that the State was keen on the mechanism of the entire programme and also whether existing programmes were to be dovetailed into the new Central plan.

It may be mentioned that it was proposed in the Central Budget of 2010-11, that the Planning Commission will prepare an integrated action plan to address development problems of the thirty-three left wing extremism affected districts.

Adequate funds will be made available to support the action plan.

CM meets Governor

Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Wednesday met Governor M.K. Narayanan. He spent almost an hour with the Governor Raj Bhavan sources said although there was no official communication on what transpired at the meeting.