*Representation picture (credit jagran.com) showing film making in Naxal affected village

If the Union Home Ministry is to be believed, Naxals were down and incidents of crime and violence caused by them- Left Wing Extremism (LWE) have declined.

This fact came to light on the floor of the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday when Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy, in reply to a query, said that Naxal violence has come down by 43 percent in the last five years in comparison to the five-year period before that.

Reddy said "the steadfast government policy has resulted in a consistent decline in violence and shrinkage in the geographical spread of Left Wing Extremism (LWE). As a result, LWE-related violence was reported in only 60 districts in 2018."

"Of these, only 10 districts account for 2/3rd of LWE violence. The LWE-related incidents of violence between April 2014 to May 2019 have been 43 percent lesser when compared with the preceding five-year period," PTI quotes him as saying.

PTI report states that "the National Policy and Action Plan, approved in 2015 to address LWE, envisages a multi-pronged strategy involving security-related measures, development interventions, ensuring rights and entitlements of local communities, PTI quotes minister having said.

On the floor of the RS, Reddy further informed that Centre has cleared the file for providing 'special central assistance for most LWE-affected districts with an annual outlay of Rs 1,000 crore to fill the critical gaps in public infrastructure and services.  

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