The home ministry on 19 November, 2019 told the Lok Sabha that Left-wing extremism had declined by 43% during the period May 2014-April 2019 as compared to the preceding five years. Also, its geographical spread had shrunk considerably, with two-thirds of Maoist violence being reported from just 10 districts.
Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha seeking details of steps taken by the Centre to counter Left-wing extremism, particularly in Jharkhand, minister of state for home Shri G Kishan Reddy said violence in Jharkhand had dipped by 45% in the first term of Modi government as compared to UPA government’s term from May 2009 to April 2014.
Shri Reddy credited the declining level and spread of Left-wing extremism to proper implementation of the national policy and action plan approved in 2015 to holistically address the Maoist problem.
The plan envisages a multi- pronged strategy involving security related measures, development interventions and ensuring rights and entitlements of local communities etc. Outlining the measures taken, the MoS Rs 1,775 crore worth of funds had been provided over the past three years as special Central assistance to fill critical gaps in public infrastructure and services. Of this, Rs 773 crore was released for Jharkhand alone.
Under the Road Requirement Plan-I (RRP-I) that envisages construction of 5,422 km roads, 4,833 km roads have been completed so far. The completed roads include 707 km in Jharkhand alone. Under road connectivity project for LWE areas (RRP-II) 5,065 km roads, including 615 km roads in Jharkhand, have been sanctioned. Of these 1062 km roads, including 184 km roads in Jharkhand, have been completed.