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India powers anti-Naxal Panchayati punch

'Focus on better governance at village level to tackle Naxals',says govt.

In a move aimed at checking the growth of Naxalism through greater involvement of government at the village level,the Centre today told Maoist-affected states to focus on PESA guidelines and strengthen Panchayati Raj Institutions in areas affected by Left Wing Extremism.

In a letter written to all Chief Secretaries of states,the Ministry of Panchayati Raj has urged the Naxal affected states to ensure proper implementation of the guidelines issued under Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas ) Act,1996 (PESA),a government release said.

“The ministry has urged them to take all necessary steps that are required to check the deepening and widening of extremism in PESA areas,” it added.

The ministry also underlined the need to activate gram sabhas in a mission mode for resolving disputes,supervising land acquisition and assess the impact and delimitation of villages.

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The direction comes in the backdrop of reports that Naxals have been involved in settling local disputes in the rural areas and thereby acting as an alternative grievance redressal machinery,which helps them deepen their base in villages.

The states have been also asked to empower the gram sabha and ensure its effective functioning,while also undertaking special programmes to acquaint them of their rights and duties.

They have also been advised to conduct regular training programmes on PESA for state and panchayat functionaries to sensitise and educate them on PESA with focus on the role and conduct of the gram sabha.

First published on: 09-06-2010 at 09:11:17 am
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