Sukma attack exposes hollow claims of NDA, BJP Govt in state in controlling Naxalism: Cong

Sukma attack exposes hollow claims of NDA, BJP Govt in state in controlling Naxalism: Cong


New Delhi, Describing the Naxal attack in Sukma as a direct consequence of Modi Government's 'aimless, irresolute and inconsistent' policies, the Congress on Tuesday said that it exposes the hollow claims of the NDA and the BJP Government in the state in controlling Naxalism.
In a statement, AICC media incharge Randeep Surjewala said, 'endangering India's National Security is a direct consequence of a Modi Government's aimless, irresolute and inconsistent polices. Mr Modi had sold the 'National Security' plank hard to attain power, but in the past 4 years, we have only witnessed a precarious security situation in the country. Ceasefire violations from across the border, Cross border infiltration, Terror attacks on our Security installations and Naxal attacks in our states have increased manifold.'
Asserting that the Sukma attack exposes the hollow claims of the NDA in controlling Naxalism, Mr Surjewala said,'after Demonetisation, Mr Modi made boastful claims of ending Terrorism and Naxalism, but facts tell a different story. There have been 23 major Naxal attacks after demonetisation, in which 97 security personnel were martyred and 121 civilians killed.
The overall picture on Naxal attacks in the past three years further expose the tall claims by PM Modi and BJP Government. According to the figures presented recently in the Lok Sabha and South Asian Terrorism Portal, Naxal attacks continue unabated.'
Mr Surjewala said that in the last 14 years & 95 days, the Raman Singh led BJP Government in Chhattisgarh had miserably failed on this internal security front.
'Every time there is a Naxal attack, the Chief Minister promises some tough action, but nothing concrete has been done to stop these attacks.
The BJP Governments – both at the Centre and in Chhattisgarh have been totally lax and dismal in terms of policy or strategically dealing with Naxalism. The complete laxity and inability of the Chhattisgarh Government, in fighting Naxalism stood exposed, when well known Security Expert – late K P S Gill in an interview had stated that although Raman Singh and the BJP Government had appointed him to head Anti Naxal Strategy in the state but had asked him not to do anything and just enjoy the perks of Government and take his salary,' Mr Surjewala said.
He said that the NDA governemt at the centre had abolished schemes and diluted steps taken by the previous UPA government to tackle naxalism.
'The Congress-UPA launched the Integrated Action Plan (IAP) in 88 Naxal Affected Districts. The funds for this scheme was been sanctioned directly by the then Planning Commission and was provided to the districts through the Union Home Ministry. Rs 13000 Cr was earmarked specifically for these districts in 2013-14, But the Modi Government has completely abolished this scheme. After 2017 Sukma attack, Modi Govt announced Rs 1000 Cr package for Naxal security in Naxal affected areas, but there has been no concrete implementation.
In 2007, Congress Government created a special Fund called 'Backward Region Grant Fund' (BRGF) for 250 backward districts of India, but Modi Government abolished that too. Congress brought the landmark Forest Rights Act, 2006 benefitting 1/5th of India's population. BJP, which is anti-tribals and forest dwellers, has diluted the rights and protections under Forests Rights Act, as also through amendments in Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act & Mines and Minerals Act,' he said.
'BJP President, Amit Shah who had, last year started the BJP expansion plan from Naxalbari should have instead planned with the PM on how to tackle Naxalism.
Do we have any accountability mechanism for those who are in power for 14 years, and have completely failed to tackle this scrouge of Naxalism?,'he said.

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