Governor Syed Sibtey Razi's adviser T.P. Sinha and state director-general of police (DGP) V.D. Ram today held a meeting in Daltonganj to discuss the execution of a development project in Palamau district.
The pilot project is part of a central government-sponsored scheme for the development of Naxalite-affected areas. The scheme was approved last year. One such pilot project has already been implemented in Chatra.
A sum of Rs 120 crore has been approved for the development of Palamau. Under the project, construction of roads will be undertaken in rural areas.
Besides, better agriculture and irrigation facilities will be introduced. Measures will also be taken to make ample educational opportunities available for the children of Maoist zones.
A special drive will also be launched to educate the masses about the dangers of siding with rivals. The awareness campaign will advise the villagers living in Naxalite strongholds to stay away from rebel outfits.
Speaking about security, DGP Ram said that paramilitary forces and Jharkhand Armed Police jawans would be pressed into service to facilitate smooth execution of the project.
The DGP admitted having received complaints that some state officials were paying levy to Maoist leaders. "Necessary action will be taken against such officials if concrete evidence is found against them," he added.
Ram also confirmed that Palamau was the worst Naxalite-hit district in the state.
June 4 , 2009 Telegraph