Govt to meet officials of Naxal-hit states

Govt to meet officials of Naxal-hit states

New Delhi: Home minister P. Chidambaram has convened a meeting of chief secretaries and police chiefs of five Naxal-affected states on 24 December to take stock of their plans to deal with Maoists.

During the day-long meeting, the home minister will review with chief secretaries and DGPs of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Bihar and Maharashtra their plans in dealing with the Maoists, availability of forces and other operational aspects.

Home ministry sources said Chidambaram will also take stock of development programmes to be carried out by the state governments in the Maoist-dominated areas once they are freed from the clutches of Naxals.

At a conference in Kolkata, Chidambaram said, “We appreciate that they (the Maoists) may not be in a position to lay down arms (immediately) but if they abjure violence, we are willing to talk."