Left wing extremism is on the wane in Andhra Pradesh, claims Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy

He stated the state had restricted Maoist activities to a few pockets in the Alluri Sitharama Raju and Parvathipuram Manyam districts.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Oct 06, 2023 | 6:00 PMUpdatedOct 06, 2023 | 6:03 PM

YS Jagan Mohan Reddy

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday, 6 October, said Maoist activities were now limited to only a few pockets in the agency areas as Left Wing Extremism (LWE) was on the wane in the state.

Speaking at the review on LWE in Delhi chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the Chief Minister said that Andhra Pradesh has been battling LWE for over four decades and the multi-pronged approach, comprising security measures, development initiatives, and safeguarding the rights and entitlements of local communities under the National Policy and Action Plan, has yielded positive results.

He stated that the state government had been able to restrict the Maoist activities to a few pockets in the Alluri Sitharama Raju and Parvathipuram Manyam districts from their original strength in five districts while the LWE cadre strength has also come down to 50 in 2023 from 150 in 2019.

He said that AP shared intelligence with neighbouring Odisha, Telangana, and Chhattisgarh on tackling LWE while at the same time addressing the issues of poverty, illiteracy, inadequate healthcare, and unemployment which are the root causes of the LWE.

These measures were supplemented with strong efforts like the distribution of RoFR pattas for bestowing ownership rights on 3.23 lakh acres of forest lands to 1.54 lakh eligible tribal farmers and completing the laying of roads to an extent of 1,087 km in LWE areas under the Road Connectivity Project for Left Wing Extremism Affected Areas (RCPLWEA) scheme, he said.

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Other measures

Of the 28 Ekalavya schools sanctioned by the Union Tribal Affairs Ministry for AP, 24 have been established in tribal areas enabling the tribal children to have access to quality education, he said, adding that the government has also initiated efforts to establish 944 communication towers in the LWE affected areas for enhancing the connectivity and ensure a robust communication network in tribal areas.

He said that the government was also running 1,953 primary schools, 81 residential schools, 378 ashram schools, and 179 pre- and post-matric hostels to help students in tribal areas besides extending the benefits of Amma Vodi and other welfare schemes through the dedicated volunteer system and village secretariats.

With the support of village health clinics, family doctors are extending preventive healthcare to the tribals, he said. Jagan also stressed the need for the banks to open more branches in the tribal areas.

The Chief Minister stated that to prevent further spread of LWE, continuous and collaborative efforts are needed from both the Centre and the States.

While maintaining law and order is a state subject, it is crucial for the Centre to provide continued financial and strategic support to LWE-affected states, particularly in areas of capacity-building, modernisation of the police forces, and taking up other developmental programmes, he said.

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