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Jharkhand CM to attend Amit Shah review meeting on Naxal menace

Hemant to raise reduction of special Central assistance for Jharkhand 

Ranchi, September 25: Chief Minister Hemant Soren will be attending a review meeting on ‘Left Wing Extremism and related issues on both security and development’ to be held in New Delhi on Sunday.

Union Home Minister, Amit Shah is scheduled to chair the said meeting with Union Ministers, chief ministers of the Maoist-affected States and senior officials of central and state governments.

During the meeting, Hemant Soren will be raising issues such as the Centre’s contribution to the development of tribal areas in the State as well as request for extension of the Special Central Assistance fund for LWE affected districts in the state.

Chief Minister would also table a few proposals during the meeting.

“In his address, Hemant Soren may raise issues related to the fund cut by the central government, given to states for the systematic development and filling the critical infrastructure gaps in the Left Wing affected districts,” said an official at Chief Minister’s office on Saturday.

Recently, the central government has cut down the SCA(Special Central Assistance) fund of the eight districts of Jharkhand. Earlier this was given to 16 LWE affected districts of the state.

Centre’s assistance is used in the development of necessary infrastructure in LWE districts, including roads and communication network.

Apart from this, the chief minister will also present the records related to action against Left Wing Extremist Organizations and crucial steps being taken by the state government to curb Naxal activities in the state. The State government has also decided to seek the centre’s contribution towards building necessary infrastructure facilities in tribal areas across the State, which includes construction of roads, assistance for Kasturba Balika Vidyalaya and comprehensive internet and mobile-telecom facility.

“The chief minister will also issues related to increasing the minimum daily wage of MGNREGA workers and bring it to par with other states will be part of his address. In addition, he will raise his concern on the required revision in pension schemes run by the Government of India under the ambit of social security, which is very critical for the people living in LWE affected districts,”  added the official deputed at chief minister’s office in Ranchi.

Hemant Soren will also propose a revision in the conditions for the allotment of Eklavya Vidyalaya in tribal areas, which can open doors to sanction more Eklavya Vidyalaya in the state.

Additionally, chief minister Hemant Soren will also put light on the development of Digital Infrastructure in different panchayats of Jharkhand.

Significantly, Amit Shah will attend the day-long security review meeting with the Chief Ministers of the states including Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Odisha, Bihar, West Bengal, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala.

Shah will also review the ongoing operations against the Maoists in 10 Naxal-hit states, an official said.

Shah is also expected to review development works like construction of roads, bridges, schools, health centres being carried out in Naxal-hit areas.

According to the Union Home Ministry data, Maoist violence has reduced considerably in the country and the menace is prevalent now in just about 45 districts.

However, a total of 90 districts in the country are considered Maoists-affected and are covered under the Security Related Expenditure Scheme of the ministry. Naxal violence, also called Left Wing Extremism (LWE), were reported in 61 districts in 2019 and only about 45 districts in 2020.

About 380 security personnel, 1,000 civilians and 900 Naxals were killed in different instances of violence in LWE-affected areas from 2015 till 2020. A total of about 4,200 Naxals have also surrendered during the same period, according to the data.

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