Raipur: Terming naxalism as a "disease" which is standing in way of development, Chhattisgarh Governor Balramjidas Tandon on Monday said the state would soon get rid of the Maoist menace completely.
Addressing the 66th Republic Day function at police line grounds here, the Governor said, "Some areas of Chhattisgarh are naxal-affected. It is like a disease which is a hindrance to the development of the state."
He said the state government has accepted naxalism as a challenge and with the coordinated efforts of Centre the menace will be wiped out soon.
"I assure you, the day is not far when the state will be completely free of Naxal problem," he added.
Emphasising the need to promote quality education, Tandon said, "Today the world is looking at India for leadership...To emerge as a world leader, India needed to impart high quality education to its youths and develop their talent in a better way. Apart from this, there is a need to focus on developing infrastructure of the colleges."
On Clean India drive, Tandon said, "Cleanliness is important to live a healthy life. There is a need to bring cleanliness itself in our work, behaviour and conduct. To make it successful, every citizen has to actively contribute in the clean India campaign.
"I firmly believe, along with the Clean India mission, we should also accomplish the target of 'Swachh Chhattisgarh-Swasth Chhattisgarh'."
On Pradhamnatri Jan Dhan Yojna, he said, "The bank accounts of around 99 per cent of families have been opened under the scheme within five months in Chhattisgarh.
"Except Naxal-affected districts of Bastar division, the task has been completed in rest of the districts of the state," he said.
Tandon said Chhattisgarh Government has launched its new industrial policy centred around 'Make in Chhattisgarh' to meet the objectives of?Prime Minister's 'Make in India' vision.
"It is the first state in the country to enact a law to ensure skill development rights to youth. They will be provided with the opportunities to start their own business. "At Naya Raipur, 'Electronic Manufacturing Cluster' and 'IT Investment Region' are being set up which will open up employment opportunities to them," he said.