Ramesh-Mamata to visit Naxal-hit Jangalmahal
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 09, 2011, 21:52
New Delhi: Pushing for development in Naxal strongholds, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh will be visiting Jangalmahal along with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to assess the situation in the Maoist hotbed and prepare an action plan for the area.

The Jangalmahal visit is for studying the situation there before working out and implementing a developmental action plan in line with the 'Saranda Action Plan' prepared for Jharkhand's Naxal-affected Saranda district.

"Next week, hopefully, Mamata Banerjee and I will go to Jangalmahal. Road connectivity is the main problem there," Ramesh told reporters on the eve of his four-day visit to five Left Wing Extremism-hit disticts --four in Chattisgarh and one in Andhra Pradesh.

The Rural Development Minister had sent his Private Secretary Vineel Krishna to study the development issue in Jangalmahal after Mamata Banerjee toughened her stand against Maoists asking them to shun arms as violence and talks could not go together.

The Minister said he is scheduled to go with Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda to Saranda on December 2 and 3.

The Minister has already asked Munda to expedite work on the action plan outlined for Saranda district in the state.

The Saranda Action Plan included the implementation of various Rural Development Ministry programmes in the district through short and medium term interventions to reach out to the 7,000 tribal households with a population of 36,500.


First Published: Wednesday, November 09, 2011, 21:52

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