Insurgency in Northeast ebbing: Chidambaram

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PTI, Bhopal (Jun 5): Union home minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday said the problem of left-wing extremism (Naxalism) was affecting some eastern states in the country but most of the insurgent groups in Northeast were now holding talks with the Centre.

“The states which are affected by this left-wing extremism are Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal to some extent,” the minister told reporters here.

Stating that Northeast has a very special place in the country he said the situation there was such that most of the insurgent groups there were in dialogue with the government.

Terror incidents in Northeast and in Jammu and Kashmir last year were the lowest in two decades, he said.

Right now, Madhya Pradesh is among the states which have not been affected by Naxalism.

However, he has raised the Naxal issue with Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan when both met earlier in the day.

“I had asked him to come to New Delhi to make a presentation on the state on the issue,” Chidambaram said, adding that he can visit anytime during the next three weeks.

Earlier, all the three ministers, including Union ministers Salman Khurshid and V Narayan Sami, listed achievements of the UPA-II and said it had done lot of good work for the country, especially in the social sector, under challenging situations.

Work was done in many fields, where results could be seen only after some years, including education, they said.

Answering a query on the shortage of Indian Police Service (IPS) officers in the country, Chidambaram said, as per the recommendations of the Kamal Kishore Committee, various steps were being taken for bridging the wide gap by raising their direct recruitment.

This was being through limited competitive exam for officials of the central and state forces and by promoting officers of the state police services.

It is hoped that with these measures the government would be able to bridge the gap in the next 7-10 years, Chidambaram said.


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