Ramesh to ease `trust deficit` in Naxal-hit areas

Jairam Ramesh said his Ministry`s programmes will reduce the "trust deficit" between the affected people and the administration.

New Delhi: Terming the situation in Maoist-hit areas of Chhattisgarh as "very grim", Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has said his Ministry`s programmes are an "entry point" to reducing the "trust deficit" between the affected people and the administration.

After reviewing the Ministry`s programmes in Chhattisgarh, he said while there is no magic formula to reach out to the people, the government was trying to give greater "flexibility" to the Collectors and the elected representatives to implement the schemes in these areas.

Vowing to focus on the 60 districts hit by the Left wing extremism in the country, Ramesh said that the programmes of the Ministry "offer an opportunity of an entry point into reducing the trust deficit between the people and civilian administration and we should use these schemes in that manner.

"...the availability of infrastructure in these districts is a basic requirement, connectivity is a basic requirement. We are trying to give as much flexibility as we
can to the elected panchayats to the Collector to the elected representatives in the Naxal-affected districts. There is no magic formula for this," Ramesh said.

Spelling out the administrative challenges being faced in the Naxal-hit districts, Ramesh said some blocks in affected districts are big in size and need to be redrawn.

"The situation is very grim, very serious in Narayanpur, Bijapur, Kanker. In large number of panchayats, anywhere between 30 to 50 per cent in these districts, There are no rural development programmes taking place," he said.


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