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Central schemes force Maoists to review strategy

New Delhi(PTI): The government may have admitted leakages and lapses in the social development schemes like MNREGA, Indira Awaas, Panchayati Raj Institutions, land reforms, constructions of schools, primary health centres etc. but it has forced the “State’s enemy” the CPI (Maoist) to look at its impact carefully.

Intelligence inputs coming from CRPF and state’s subsidiary intelligence bureau have suggested that the growing alienation among tribal population in various Maoist strongholds in Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and parts of Bihar and Maharashtra has forced CPI (Maoist) to order a study of socioeconomic impact of the central development schemes.

The study has been ordered by the Eastern Regional Bureau of CPI (Maoist) that supervises Maoist activities in Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Assam, Eastern Uttar Pradesh and North Chhattisgarh, sources said.

The ERB has asked various state committees to undertake detailed study in villages and circulated a 19 column detailed pro-forma to be duly filled up by the surveyors.

“The CPI (Maoist) has noted that if it has to spread and further revolution in the agrarian areas, it has to review its tactics in the light of socio-political and economic impact of the development schemes that have been there in the rural and tribal areas for the last two decades,” said sources.

In their internal communications, the Maoist’s have blamed these programmes for weaning away village level activists as they got involved in various contractual works associated with these schemes.

Besides initiatives like Rs. 2 per kg rice for poor and Saranda action plan (Maoist’s undisputed stronghold in Jharkhand) succeeded in misguiding some of its active cadres and sowed seeds of discord among them, the intelligence inputs note.

The confiscated documents also suggest that some Maoist leaders lament the lack of maturity on part of some of its senior leadership for being unaware of changing ground realities and need for a comprehensive survey from a Marxist perspective.

The objective of these interactions would be to find out in what manner these development schemes have led to improvement in the condition of women, children, landless labourers, displaced farmers and created employment opportunities for the youth and lessened victimisation by money lenders.

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