Ranchi: Jharkhand has been ruined due to political interference and administrative weakness, which have rendered central schemes ineffective, and without eliminating these, it is difficult to improve the situation here, Union Minister for Rural Development, Jairam Ramesh has said.
Ramesh, who was here to unfurl the national tri-colour on Republic Day yesterday at Saranda forest, told PTI, "Jharkhand has been blessed with everything by nature.
But the reasons behind ruining of Jharkhand are political interference and administrative weakness. Without eliminating these, it is difficult to improve the situation."
The union minister said during implementation of schemes linked to his ministry, including MNREGA in Jharkhand, he had noticed that ministers of state were interfering continuously.
"I personally asked one of the ministers not to interfere with allocation and implementation of schemes. When he did not stop doing it, I complained to his party leader," he said.
"When still things did not work out, I wrote a strong letter to Chief Minister and threatened to stop the funds allocated by central government for schemes pertaining to rural employment and development," Ramesh said.
He said in Jharkhand, there is political interference in almost all central schemes due to which implementation does not take place properly and public is deprived of benefits.
The Union Minister said it is not necessary that if a state is blessed with mineral and other natural resources, its citizens will prosper. The citizens` prosperity depends upon the state`s administration and government, he asserted.
Ramesh said Jharkhand`s lax administrative setup was responsible to a large extent for the problems faced by the state`s residents.
Unfurling the national flag in Dhiga village situated in
Saranda Forest, about 200 km away from Ranchi, after 18 years, Ramesh said he considered Naxalites who carried out acts like Latehar as terrorists because there is no difference between the two.
On seeing the brutality of Naxalites in the Latehar encounter on January 6 in which 14 people including security personnels died, Ramesh said it looks like there is no humanity left in them.
"The way Naxalites had planted unexploded bombs and IEDs in the bodies of injured and dead CRPF personnels shows how barbaric they are," he said.
He said if Naxalites come forward for any talks, the central government will welcome them and speak with them on issues decided by former home minister P Chidambaram.
Giving importance to his country and tribals, Ramesh decided to celebrate his 33rd wedding anniversary, which coincided with the Republic Day, with tribal people.
He said, if required, he will even ask that he should be cremated in Saranda forest.
He agreed that Saranda is not completely safe from Naxalites but assured considerable improvement in the coming time.
"The way Saranda people raised their problems of electricity and shortage of teachers yesterday and even shouted slogans, it has boosted my morale," said Ramesh.
"We have gained success to a larger extent in Saranda and tribal people have got the opportunity to breathe in open air, the results of which will be seen soon," he said.