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Malnad: Tribal people in national parks to be rehabilitated

Tribal people in national parks to be rehabilitated

Special Correspondent

Bangalore: The State Government has decided to refrain from forcibly shifting out tribal people in the national parks forming part of the Malnad forests in an effort to prevent them from joining the company of hardcore naxalites, who have reportedly sneaked into the forest belt of the State from other places.

A high-level meeting was held here on Tuesday to hear the views and suggestions offered by legislators from the Malnad districts. Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa and Home Minister M.P. Prakash chaired the meeting.

About 40 legislators from the districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Chikmagalur, Hassan and Shimoga attended the meeting.

Briefing presspersons after the meeting, Mr. Prakash said police personnel in the naxalite-prone areas would be equipped with latest firearms and would be paid an incentive for working in such vulnerable areas.

To complaints that most of the police stations in the Malnad districts were understaffed, the Government had assured that adequate number of police personnel from other areas would be posted. Further, the Anti-Naxal Force would be well-equipped and all the proposals sent across to the Government in this connection had been approved straight away. "Funds should not be a problem in combating naxalism," he said.

The Hindu

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