NEW DELHI: Union home minister P Chidambaram will visit Raipur and Mumbai on November 15 to take stock of the situation in Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra, and pitch for comprehensive ‘security’ and ‘development’ measures in both the states to tackle the Maoist menace. Top home ministry officials, who will accompany Chidambaram during the day-long visit, will also share with both the states the basic issues of governance that, of late, saw Bihar tide over the Naxalite crisis better than neighbouring Jharkhand, West Bengal and Orissa.
Officials in the ministry praised Bihar saying it has handled the situation much more effectively, thanks to good governance on the ground, and said that other states should also adopt this model, where local administration should make itself available for hearing people’s problems.
Officials found that Bihar has seen dilution of Maoists’ base over the past few months. “Chief minister Nitish Kumar’s effort to reach out to the people by asking local administration to address basic issues concerning villagers has, probably, helped in erosion of the Naxalites’ ground there,” said an official.