Rs.1 bn to be spent on infrastructure development in Bastar

February 26th, 2009 - 9:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, Feb 26 (IANS) Chhattisgarh will invest about Rs.1 billion (Rs.100 crore) to set up infrastructure projects in the insurgency-hit Bastar region, Chief Minister Raman Singh said Thursday.
“The government is conscious of the backwardness of Bastar and we are making serious efforts to build infrastructure - roads, bridges, schools - to improve people’s quality of life,” Singh said at a farmers’ rally in the district.

He said the infrastructure projects would cost the government about Rs.100 crore.

The state government would focus on speedy development of tribal-dominated Bastar region, the chief minister added.

Taking on Maoists who are running a parallel government in the Bastar interiors since the late 1980s, Singh said: “Maoists can never be the well-wishers of Bastar people as they are killing innocent people and blocking development.”

Advising Maoists to “shun violence and return to mainstream of society”, the 56-year-old Singh said: “Violence has no place in democracy. In any civilised society, the government can never tolerate violence, it will be dealt firmly and decisively.”

About 1,250 people are estimated to have been killed in insurgency-related violence since 2004.

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