The Union Home Ministry will get control of the Integrated Action Plan (IAP), a development scheme for Maoist-affected states, after Rajnath Singh reportedly took up the matter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The IAP, which functioned under the Planning Commission, had been transferred to NITI Aayog after it replaced the Plan panel. Union Home Secretary L C Goyal confirmed that the Home Ministry was set to get control of the IAP.
The UPA had launched the IAP in 2010 for 82 Selected Tribal and Backward Districts in Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected areas for accelerated development, which was later revised to 88 districts.
The aim of the initiative, which was being monitored by the Commission, is to boost public infrastructure and services in 88-affected/contiguous districts. Each district gets Rs 30 crore to spend on such projects.
“The NITI Aayog is not an implementing agency. It is the Home Ministry which is coordinating with other ministries to bring development in Maoist-affected states. It is almost certain we will get the IAP,” said a senior Home Ministry official.