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CS asks Centre for 5 CRPF battalions to combat Naxalite menace in state  

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Ranchi, June 24: In order to control the Naxal problem in the state, chief secretary Rajbala Verma has demanded 5 battalions of CRPF to run a special drive in 13 focus areas including Latehar, Banalat, Pesrar, Parasnath, Balumath etc.

Verma was speaking in the review meeting on providing security to people doing developmental work in the Maoism affected areas in New Delhi conducted under the chairmanship of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.  

It was discussed in the meeting that the 35 Maoist-affected districts of the nation will be given more security.

Sixteen out of these 35 districts are from Jharkhand.  

The CS requested the Government of India to increase the network of banks and post offices for financial inclusion in LWE districts so that Pradhan  Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, MUDRA Yojana, Kissan Credit Card Yojana, Fasal Beema Yojana etc. should be effectively implemented. To achieve this, she requested to open bank branches in all panchayats (in panchayat buildings) of the state.

Verma said that at present only 1500 bank branches are in operation in 4402 panchayats of the state. She conveyed the Union Home Minister about the pending 137 proposals for opening branches of banks for a population of 5000. By now, the banks have initiated to open only eight branches.  

She said that the increased number of bank branches, post offices, and computerized sub-post offices will boost up financial inclusion and it will increase post office role in financial exchanges especially in the payment of MGNREGA wages. She said that presently only 458 branches are functional in the state.

The CS laid stress at the need to strengthen telecommunication and mobile network to control Naxalite menace in the state.

She said that new radio and television transmission centers are the need of the hour. It was conveyed to the Union Home Minister that presently, proposals for 900 mobile towers are pending in the state and out of the five radio transmission centers, not even a single transmission center lies in Santhal Pargana Commissionery.

The Ranchi transmission center is authorized as a regional transmission center, but it is not functioning as expected.

The CS also requested to increase the 5% fund given under NRHM for health related basic infrastructure, primary health center and sub-centers and make its fund expense flexible.

She also demanded the permission of establishing Pre-Fabricated Structure so that the basic infrastructure can be established in less time.

She also demanded to minimize the requirement of land for Central Schools and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas from 10 acre and 25 acre respectively to 5 acres so that the pending eight Central Schools and 11 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas can be opened.

Since the place is plateau and well covered with trees, hence this demand should be considered.

In the light of geographical condition of the state, she laid stress on librating linear projects like canal, telecommunication from the need of forest clearance the way the Center has done for road construction. She said that the state has about 20% deemed forest which needs forest clearance for construction of any scheme and providing land compensation.

Due to the topography of the state, it is difficult to provide   land compensation. She said that the recent area of the deemed forest has   changed; hence the latest land survey should be made the base and in place of land compensation, financial compensation should be applied.

In the meeting, ministries (departments/ divisions) related with matter brought to the cognizance were directed to take necessary action. Later on, the CS thanked the Union Home Minister for considering the matter sympathetically.

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