Expedite work on development plan: Ramesh to Munda

Jairam Ramesh will travel to Saranda on November 3 to assess the progress on the action plan.

Last Updated: Oct 30, 2011, 08:40 AM IST

New Delhi: Pushing his developmental agenda for Naxal-hit areas, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has asked Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda to expedite work on the action plan outlined for Saranda district in the
state.

The ministry wants the action plan, implemented on experimental basis, to be replicated at other places also.

Ramesh will travel to Saranda on November 3 to assess the progress on the action plan. He will be accompanied by CRPF Director General Vijay Kumar, whose force will play a crucial role in implementation of the plan as the civic administration has negligible presence in the Naxal-hit areas, sources said.
In a letter to Munda, Ramesh asked the district administration and state government to take follow-up actions along the lines indicated in the plan prepared by a central team comprising senior officers of the Rural Development
Ministry and other institutions.

"I would request for your personal intervention to ensure that the action points identified for the district administration and the state government in the note are taken immediately," he said.

He also assured Munda that the Union government will "move quickly" as soon as it receives action points from the state government on the Saranda Action Plan.

The team appointed by Ramesh to study the implementation of various ministry programmes in the district suggested "short term and medium term interventions" to the 7,000 tribal households with population of 36,500.

"What we are trying to do in Saranda has enormous significance not just for that area but for other Naxal-affected regions in the country as well," Ramesh said.

PTI