New Delhi: In the year 2021, 509 cases of Naxalite violence have been reported in the country. 147 civilians and security forces personnel have lost their lives in these violence. Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai presented the figures in Lok Sabha on Tuesday (15 March 2022) while answering a question. The Union Minister told that in 2009 (under Manmohan Singh's tenure), the violence of Naxalites was at its peak. There were 2,258 such incidents recorded that year. In comparison, there has been a reduction of 77 percent in such incidents in 2021.
It is worth noting that at the time when Naxalite violence was at its peak, at that time there was a Congress government at the center under the leadership of Manmohan Singh. In 2010, 1005 civilians and jawans were killed in Naxalite violence. Nityanand Rai said that the decrease in these figures has come due to the national policies and efforts of the states. There has been a steady decline in this type of violence because of the successful implementation of the policies. He further informed that in the districts which are known to be affected by Left Wing Extremism, the security related expenditure in the district has been reviewed twice in the last four years. Rai has given a written reply stating that, 'The districts reporting LWE violence have also come down from 96 (2010) to 46 (2021).'
Giving information about the development in the states affected by Naxal violence, Nityanand Rai has said that many flagship schemes are being run by the central government for such areas. Special attention is being given to expansion of roads, improvement in communication, skill development and financial inclusion in these areas. 2423.24 crore has been released to the states in the last 3 years under the special assistance scheme of the Central Government. During this 7815 works have been successfully completed. 480 crore has been allocated in the current financial year. The rehabilitation package, inter alia, includes providing an immediate grant of Rs 5 lakh for high-ranked extremist cadres to surrender and Rs 2.5 lakh for others.