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President Patil asks Maoists to shun violence


June 24, 2011 - Raipur

President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, who is in Raipur on a two-day official visit, has urged Maoists and those involved in violent acts to leave the path of violence.

Addressing at the state Assembly hall here, Patil said: "I would like to urge Maoists to shun violence and come forward for talks to Usher progress for the tribal population which they represent."

"Violence and killings are condemnable offences which cannot be accepted by any civilised society... They should join the mainstream and allow the development of the tribals in this country," she added.

Expressing grief over the spate of recent Naxal violence, Patil said the biggest of problems could be resolved through "talks and communication".

"Maintenance of peace and its continuance is very essential for the progress of the country," she added.

Expressing concern over prevalence of social evils like child marriage and female foeticide , she said awareness and education against these issues should be spread.

She also called upon the states to pay more attention to the agro-based industries so that the issue of unemployment can be fairly addressed.

"Agricultural development should be conducted in such a away that the farmers should be able to keep pace with other sectors of the economy," she added.

ANI

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