Naxalism gravest internal security threat to nation: PM

Manmohan singh

Against the backdrop of a string of Maoist attacks, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday pitched for urgent and considered action to root out the problem of Left-wing extremism and asserted that no quarter can be given to those challenging the authority of the Indian state.

Singling out Left-wing extremism as the gravest internal security threat faced by the nation, he said, "Recent events have underscored the need for urgent and considered action to root out this problem".

"No quarter can be given to those who have taken upon themselves to challenge the authority of the Indian state and the fabric of our democratic polity," he said, inaugurating the Civil Services Day function here.

The Prime Minister's remarks come in the wake of the worst-ever Maoist attack at Chitangufa in Chhattisgarh on April 6 in which 75 CRPF men and a policeman were killed.

The Naxalites had also opened fire on five separate CRPF camps in quick succession in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh last night.

Underscoring the fact that Left-wing extremism was flourishing in under-developed areas of the country, Singh asked the civil servants to ensure that no area of the country is denied the benefits of the government's developmental programmes.

"But we cannot overlook the fact that many areas in which such extremism flourishes are under-developed and many of the people, mainly poor tribals, who live in these areas have not shared equitably in the fruits of development.

"It is incumbent upon us to ensure that no area of our country is denied the benefits of our ambitious developmental programmes," the Prime Minister said.

He asked them to devise innovative ways and means to harness the tools of information technology and to involve the intended beneficiaries in implementation so that complaints of leakages, corruption and lack of transparency get addressed.

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