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NEW DELHI: In order to complement tough police action against naxals with a political outreach in areas affected by Red violence, backward districts in naxal-affected states are likely to get enhanced central assistance in the forthcoming Union budget.

The government is expected to increase the budgetary allocation for the Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF) scheme in the next financial year.

The matter, aimed at fighting the naxal problem through greater development, will be finalised after the first meeting of the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM), which includes finance minister P Chidambaram. The EGoM is to meet on Monday.

The idea was to raise this allocation from the existing nearly Rs 4,000 crore to Rs 5,000 crore in the next fiscal (2007-08), thereby giving an additional Rs 4 crore each district to fill in critical gaps in physical and social development in the naxal-affected areas.

After the EGoM, it will, however, be the finance ministry which will take a final call on the matter.

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posted by Resistance 2/19/2007 09:53:00 AM,

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