Will enforce writ of state in Maoist-prone areas: PM

New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) The government will enforce the writ of the state in dealing with the challenge of Maoist violence, while pursuing a policy to address the grassroots developmental concerns, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Tuesday while releasing the UPA-II’s report card to mark one year in office.

‘In dealing with the challenge of Naxalism, we will pursue a policy that genuinely seeks to address developmental concerns at the grassroots, while firmly enforcing the writ of the State,’ the prime minister said in his remarks at a function to release the ‘Report to the People 2009-10’.

‘We will fight against the scourge of communalism and political extremism. We will fight terrorism root and branch. We will ensure that this great, liberal and plural nation of ours is not weakened by hatred and bigotry,’ he said.

The prime minister said the government had made a commitment to the people to give a new deal to rural India. ‘Our flagship schemes towards this end, such as Bharat Nirman, NREGA and the National Rural Health Mission, are progressing well and making an impact on the ground.’

‘I assure you that funds will not be a constraint when it comes to the core concerns of the Aam Aadmi (common man), whose interests we have been elected to serve,’ he said.