Ranchi: "More mining means more Maoism,"
Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh Wednesday said opposing the move by private firms to get clearance for iron
ore mining in Jharkhand`s Maoist-hit Saranda region.
After reviewing implementation of Central Government`s
development plan in the forest-rich Saranda region in west
Singhbhum district, Ramesh said the development plan was on
track and "Maoists will not deter us."
"More mining means more Maoism. I am very clear that
other than SAIL (Steel Authority of India Limited), there
should not be any other mining activities in the region. Even
SAIL`s mining should be regulated," Ramesh told reporters.
He said as Environment Minister, he had given sanction
only to SAIL, a public sector undertaking, for iron ore
He said, he had clearly stated in his order that no
private firms should be given sanction for mining.
Top Jharkhand Government officials informed Ramesh at the
review meeting here today that Maoists are making efforts to
sabotage development activity in the tribal-dominated area.
The Maoist propaganda in the area is that the plan is
being implemented to pave the way for big corporates eyeing
the minerals in the thickly forested region.
Ramesh said Maoist efforts will not succeed because
people of the region wanted development.
Expressing satisfaction over the implementation of the
programme, Ramesh also said the Saranda Development Plan will
be replicated in other Maoist-hit areas of the state.
He announced that the plan which is known as Saranda
Action Plan will now be called Saranda Development Plan as
the word action gives "wrong message" in tribal areas.