Ranchi: Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmed said that Left extremism is the greatest in Jharkhand hampering development.
The country too is facing the menace of terrorism and extremism, he said, adding Jharkhand has fought back to weed out ultra activities from the State.
The Governor said that the State Government had taken the right step by pronouncing development as the main agenda for countering extremism. Syed Ahmed was addressing the Republic Day function held at Morabadi Maidan.
The Governor said that new roads would be constructed in Naxal-infested areas. The local inhabitants would be involved in laying roads in under-developed areas, he said.
He on the occasion called upon the youth to abjure the path of violence and come to social mainstream, as violence cannot provide solutions to the existing problems.
Dr Syed Ahmed went on to add that the State Government is on the opinion of developing standards of living of poor people in villages.
He said that about 80 percent of Jharkhand’s population still depends on agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry and forest.
The government wants to improve lives of such people who depend on agriculture to earn livelihoods, he said.
The Governor said that old irrigation system would be revamped. For this the Government has taken up Kokro Irrigation Project, Kanchi Irrigation Project, Kita Irrigation Project, Bhaura River Barrage Project, and other water reservoir projects on a priority basis, he added.
On education the Governor said that filling up of vacant posts of assistant teachers in primary schools are being done.
He said that to augment power production the PTPS would be taken over by NTPC and a new NTPC production unit would be set up at Patratu. He further added that more than 24 lakhs bank accounts have been opened under PM Jan Dhan Yojna out of which 12 lakh account holders have already received debit cards. Amounts pertaining to government schemes would be transferred directly to the bank accounts, he said.
On the occasion Dr Syed Ahmed hoisted the National Flag and took salute of the RD Parade. Attractive tableaux by different government departments were taken out on the ground.
Contingents from CISF, CRPF, Jharkhand Jaguar, Women’s Battalion of JAP, NCC, Fire Brigade and the Army took part in the parade. Strict security cover was clamped in and around the Morabadi Ground on RD ceremony.
Hundreds of security personnel including 50 magistrates were press into service to ensure strict vigil.