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Chintagufa (Chhattisgarh), May 31: Describing Naxals as obstacle to development, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said violence is not the way to express grievances and the Centre was ready for “any tough stand” to ensure peace. Singh, who is the first Union Home Minister to visit this CRPF camp located in the dense forests of Bastar, assured the security forces full support of the central government in their endeavour. “You are fighting for the country and you will win. We are all solidly behind you,” he said addressing jawans of the paramilitary force here. Also Read - Tejas Mark 1A-Lethal Punch for Enemy And A Symbol of Indian Technology

This inaccessible part of Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district is considered to be the den of the CPI(Maoists) and security forces have lost at least 200 personnel in the last five years due to the violence perpetrated by the rebels. Inaugurating a “fortified” police station at Dornapal in the same district, the Home Minister said there is no place for bloodshed in a democracy and asked the Maoists to shun violence. Also Read - India To Buy 83 Tejas Light Combat Aircraft For Rs 48,000 Crore, Rajnath Calls It Backbone of IAF fighter Fleet

“It is quite natural for someone to have grievances in a democracy. But there are many ways to express the grievances. Violence is not the way, nor it is acceptable,” Singh said. The Home Minister said the Narendra Modi government’s sole motto is development and it is ready to overcome all difficulties to achieve this goal. “There should be peace and development. We are ready to take any tough stand for bringing peace and development,” he said.

Earlier, addressing a public rally at Sukma, Singh said that the youth of the state is capable to compete with anyone and they should be given a chance. “I want to appeal to the people of Sukma to facilitate their sons and daughters to join the mainstream. They can easily challenge those who are from metros like Mumbai, Kolkata or Bangalore. There are no dearths of talents. They just need the opportunities,” he said.

During the tour, the Home Minister visited a vocational training centre, a public service centre and a special school for children. He hailed the Raman Singh government for taking all round development initiatives in Sukma district, which is considered one of the most backward districts of the country.

Meanwhile, during his address at ‘Jankalyan Mela’ in Sukma, Rajnath Singh urged Maoists to give up arms and join the mainstream. “I appeal to Maoists to abjure violence and join the mainstream. They should stop opposing Chhattisgarh government, which has been doing a tremendous work for the development of villages, down-trodden, farmers and youths,” he said. “Maiosts should stop misleading the youths and look into the projects like education city and livelihood colleges meant for the development of youths in Bastar. All these projects can change the mentality of Maoists,” he added.

Appreciating several development works underway for education, employment training, infrastructure in Sukma, he said, “I am surprised to see development here and at the same time I feel proud as I am the first home minister in the country to visit Sukma.” “It is beyond comprehension that why Naxals are opposing the Chhattisgarh government, which has been putting in all its efforts for growth and prosperity of the region,” he said adding that the NDA government is committed to ensure economic freedom to people of the country.

“Our priority is to eradicate poverty, to develop skills among educated and under-educated youths. We are working on this line with a great pace and in five years we will change the face of India,” he said. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said Union Home Minister’s visit indicates that peace and prosperity would prevail in Sukma in the near future. “The state government is getting every possible assistance from the Centre for development of Sukma and other districts,” he said.