‘Effective governance will end Naxalism and Terrorism’
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 16 Mar 2017 10:55:35|
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, on Wednesday, said that effective and good governance will spell the death-knell of Naxalism and terrorism. Dr Singh stated this while addressing a conference on ‘Counter-Terrorism’ in New Delhi through video-conferencing. The theme was ‘Terrorism in Indian Ocean Region’ organised by the Indian Foundation.
Chhattisgarh government had been implementing social welfare schemes, development works and focus is on the law order front, Dr Singh said while throwing light on the State policy on Naxalites in general and Bastar division in particular. The Left-Wing Extremism had been brought to an end in Surguja division by improving socio-economic front and the same is being done in Bastar division, results of which will be known soon. He also appreciated Union Government’s support in this direction. The common citizens are averse to naxalism. The network of roads, rail, communications and electricity are being expanded at a brisk pace. Education, health and skills’ up-gradation facilities had been provided to the citizens.
The conference was addressed by Jammu-Kashmir Governor N N Vohra, Chief Minister Mahbooba Mufti, Andhra-Telengana Governor E S L Narasimhan also.
Dr Singh while addressing the New Delhi Conference via video-conference said that naxalism and terrorism are two sides of the same coin. The main target of Naxalites is to weaken the administrative system based on democratic aspirations and loot the society by spreading terror. The mask on the faces of ‘messiahs of the poor’ had been unveiled and their true faces had been exposed. The Left-Wing Terrorists had destroyed education, health, roads and communications links in the far-flung regions of Bastar.
The Chief Minister said that new chapters of development are being written with the people’s participation in the development parameters.
There were 16 districts in the year 2000 when the new State had been carved out and now there are 27 districts. Pota Cabins and Education City had been established in Dantewada and Sukma districts. There are about 7000 children studying in the Education City in Dantewada district. Government Medical College had been established in Jagdalpur. Medical services are being expanded in Bijapur district under the new innovative model.
Five Prayas Residential schools had been opened in Raipur, Bilaspur, Ambikapur (Surguja), Jagdalpur (Bastar) and Durg Divisions to cater to the educational needs of children in the Naxalites’ violence affected districts.
The students from these schools had been admitted to the prestigious medical, engineering and other institutions. Bastar Net Project had been started to spread the network of mobile phones and Internet Connectivity in the seven districts of Bastar Division. Additional funds of Rs 200 crore for Dantewada and Rs 400 crore for Korba had been allocated under the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s District Minerals’ Trust Project.
It had created a positive environment in the regions.
Dr Raman Singh said that the wages of Tendu patta procurers had been hiked from Rs 1,500 a bag to Rs 1,800 a bag.