New Delhi. Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren attended a high-level meeting on ‘Left Wing Extremism’ at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi on Sunday. In the meeting, he said that the number of Naxalite incidents has come down in the state. This year 715 militants have been arrested, while 18 militants have been killed. At the same time, 27 Naxalites have surrendered. He has urged the central government to review the pension schemes.
He said that in the year 2016, there were 195 militant incidents. This number has come down to 125 in the year 2020. In the year 2016, 61 civilians were killed by the militants, in the year 2020 this number was 28. A total of 715 militants have been arrested during this period. In the said period, 18 militants were killed in an encounter with the police.
Naxalites confined in four places
The Chief Minister said that effective action is being taken against the militant organizations. As a result of these operations, the presence of militants in the state has been mainly limited to Parasnath Pahar, Budha Pahar, Seraikela, Khunti, Chaibasa, Kolhan area and some areas bordering Bihar. The day is not far when Left Wing Extremism can be wiped out from these places too.
He told that till August 2020 and 2021, 27 militants have surrendered. The state’s attractive surrender policy is also being promoted. Efforts are being made to bring the misguided youth back into the mainstream through community policing. The state government is coming up with the ‘Sahay’ scheme for the youth in the Naxal-affected areas, under which youth and other people will be connected in these areas through various sports.
It is not practical to demand the amount
CM Hemant said that the problem of militancy is a big challenge for both the central and state government. In such a situation, it does not seem practical to demand money from the state governments by the center in lieu of deputation of central security forces. In this item, till now a bill of Rs 10 thousand crore has been given against Jharkhand by the Ministry of Home Affairs. I would request that while rejecting these bills, the decision of not sending such bills to the state governments in future should be taken by the Government of India.
Plans should not stop suddenly in Naxal affected areas
The Chief Minister said that many schemes have been implemented by the Central Government from time to time for the eradication of extremism. These schemes have also given special benefits, but it has been seen that for some districts these schemes were suddenly stopped, which hurts the efforts being made towards eradication of extremism. He said that by suddenly stopping these schemes, Naxalism can get an opportunity to spread again. In this context, an amount of Rs 3,300 crore per district is provided by the Government of India under special central assistance.
He said that initially this scheme was approved for 16 districts, but this year this scheme has been continued for only eight districts. Similarly, Koderma, Ramgarh and Simdega have been excluded from the SRE scheme. Therefore, I would request that both the schemes should be continued for the next five years for all the Naxal affected districts.
MNREGA wage rate and pension amount increased
Hemant Soren said that MNREGA is an effective measure in improving the condition of Naxal affected areas. MNREGA is progressing very strongly in Jharkhand. But, the wage rate that the workers of the state are getting is the lowest in the country. In other states, we are getting more than Rs.300/day, but we do not even have Rs.200 here. We have decided to increase wages from state funds. Working Jharkhand residents should also get the right wages under MNREGA. He said that there is a need to re-look at the various pension schemes being run by the Government of India under social security. Even now, the Government of India gives only Rs 250 per month to an old/widow/disabled as living support per month. For the Naxal-affected areas where earning a living is more difficult than other areas, this amount must be increased.
Increase the number of schools for education
The Chief Minister of Jharkhand said that 192 Eklavya schools have been sanctioned in the state, out of which 82 will be set up in militancy affected districts. I would request that the condition of 50 percent in the prescribed criteria for the approval of Eklavya Vidyalaya should be abolished, so that tribal-dominated rural areas can get the benefit of this scheme. There are 261 blocks in Jharkhand, but in only 203 blocks, Kasturba Vidyalaya was constructed with the help of the Central Government.
He said that the State Government has started 57 schools with its own funds. The daughters of the state want to enroll in these schools. In Jharkhand which is most affected by Naxalites, the central government should cooperate for 100 Kasturba schools. There will always be better coordination between our government and the central government in the anti-Naxal campaign. I hope that together we will definitely win this war.
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