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New Delhi: A Parliamentary Standing Committee has expressed its unhappiness over Centre`s silence on opening bigger hospitals in Naxal-affected areas, saying lack of health care leads to dissatisfaction among the people.

The department-related Parliamentary standing committee on Home Affairs in its report said special packages are required to be formulated for providing health care for people in Maoist-affected areas, both under the existing schemes as well as new schemes.

New primary health centres and sub-centres need to be opened and it should be made compulsory for the new doctors to serve in those areas by giving some incentives to them.

The Committee, headed by BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu, also said, in some selected places, bigger hospitals are also required to be opened with all the facilities, including major specialities. Special efforts are needed to be made for health care of women and children.

The report was submitted to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari today.

"The Committee is unhappy to note that the government has not indicated anything relating to opening of bigger hospitals in some selected places of Left Wing Extremism (LWE) areas.

The government may give special consideration for this," it said.

"Lack of health care in Naxal-affected areas is another basic issues that leads to dissatisfaction among the people," it noted.

The government, in its action taken report, said that it has identified 34 LWE affected districts in eight states for focused attention and to address the issue of lack of health care, many interventions have been initiated under the National Rural Health Mission.

The Committee also expressed concern over the incidents of jail break and attack on police by the Naxals and termed it as "direct challenge" to the authority of the state.

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