'Trust-deficit' among people of naxal-hit areas: Chidambaram

'Trust-deficit' among people of naxal-hit areas: Chidambaram

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram at the CII National Conference and Annual Session 2010 in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI

He said certain people in Maoists affected areas rely more on "structures of powers which oppose the country" and have less faith in the good intentions of the government or Indian business houses.

"In Naxal affected states, the problem is lack of effective government. Why there is lack of effective government is because institutions of government are not present in these areas ... People have virtually distanced the government.

"There is a huge trust deficit between elected government and people of these areas. They tend to rely upon structures of power which oppose the country," Chidambaram said speaking at the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) annual meet.He said certain people in Naxal-hit areas are opposing the good intentions of the government or the industry even when the situation in which the people live is really bad.

"It is a wake up call for us. We must ask why there is a trust deficit among the people of India, government of India, government of states. Why is there so much distrust of people who want to bring development and industry?" he said.

"Are we content with our profit and loss accounts, our balance sheets, share of parties, daily dose of entertainment in the T20 matches," he said.

On the issue of some voluntary groups supporting the extremist views of Naxals, the Home Minister said civil society is divided on the issue.It seems civil society is divided into two camps, Chidambaram said.He said one camp clearly holds the view that government is bad and fought against at every turn and every stage."as a result if there is that an armed liberation struggle takes place so be it...I don't want to take names but many of them are highly educated, hold very important places in universities and other institutions. They write very well, I hope I could write like them," he said.

"The other camp to put it charitably quiet, to put it uncharitably unconcerned," he said.

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