Ranchi: Describing Naxalism as a major challenge, Jharkhand Governor MOH Farook on Wednesday said the state has launched a multi-pronged strategy to combat the left-wing extremism.
"Naxal extremism is a major challenge facing the state," Farook said after unfurling the flag to mark the Republic Day here.
"My government has a multi-pronged strategy comprising of security measures, developmental action, political initiatives and perception management to tackle the menace," he added.
Asking the rebels to shun the path of violence, which he said could never be the solution to any problem, the governor appealed the `alienated` youth to join the mainstream and contribute in the development of the society.
Giving an outline of the government`s other priorities, Farook said BPL families were getting subsidized food grains while ten quintal of rice was in store at selected public distribution shops in every panchayat to provide grains
to the needy in the face of drought.
"The state government is implementing Rashtriya Swastha Bima Yojana to provide health insurance coverage to BPL workers in the unorganised sector," he said adding there were 13.5 lakh beneficiaries under the scheme presently.
Delving on education, Farook said that to reduce the dropout rate of girl students and encourage them to continue their studies the government had decided to provide bicycles
to all the girls till class VIII.
"It is the endeavour of my government to provide
transparent, efficient and pro-people governance in the
state," he said and added that the state Human Rights
Commission had been constituted.
The government, he added, had also set up State
Voluntary Acquisition Rules to ensure decent compensation to
the land owners while security land for development projects.
"The Urban Land (Ceiling & Regulation) Repeal Act has
been adopted to make available additional land for urban
housing needs as well as enable the state to access funds from
central government under JNNURM.
The Jharkhand Industrial Policy 2001 was extended till
March 31, 2011, he added.