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Assam districts to be declared Maoist hit

Posted on Dec 03, 10:06AM | IBNS

Union Minister of Rural Development Jairam Ramesh Saturday said that two districts of Assam are likely to be declared as Maoist affected area by the centre soon.

Ramesh said that the Maoist affected Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts will be eligible for special benefits, which was provided to other 82 districts.

"Maoist activities rise in the district and it has become a trouble torn area," Ramesh said.

Addressing a press conference, the Union Minister said that Dibrugarh and Tinsukia may join the list of Maoist affected districts.

"For the development issue, a proposal has moved to the Planning Commission," the Minister said.

Delivering a satisfactory comment to the state government in rural development, Ramesh said that 4500 km of rural roads will be built in the Northeastern region.

"Government has built 13000 km of rural roads in the region at a cost of Rs 7100 crore in past 11 years and looking for more development in NE region," he said.

In presence of state government officials, the Union Minister reviewed the rural development programmes in Assam, which was implemented by the state government.