Violence is being steadily eclipsed by development works in Naxalism-hit districts whereby, the Narendra Modi-led NDA Government has given a drubbing to Maoist agenda on all the fronts, simultaneously working towards ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’
In a significant indicator of the shrinking arc of influence of Left-wing extremists (LWE), the Government has removed 44 districts from the list of 126 Naxalism-hit districts while adding eight districts, including three in Kerala, as a “pre-emptive” measure. The number of worst-affected districts has also gone down from 35 to 30, with three districts in Jharkhand and two districts in Bihar no longer in the list. As compared to data of 2010, 2016 reflected a decline of 53% in number of violent incidents and 72% in resultant deaths and the trend continued in 2017 and 2018. After the launch of the new initiative SAMADHAN in 2017, the Government has tirelessly worked towards addressing the improvement in the ‘Development and Key Performance Indicator’ in Naxalism-hit districts.
Though the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had initiated National Rural Health Mission to enhance state of health of rural poor but due to the scams, the health issue remained sidelined. Under the National Health Protection Mission, the Ayushman Bharat scheme, an insurance policy, 10 crore poor and vulnerable families will be covered and provided with a cover of Rs 5 lakh per household per year for secondary and tertiary hospitalisation. As the people of South Bastar are facing high child mortality, death at the time of pregnancy, lack of vaccination and other chronic health problems, this health scheme will prove panacea for them.