Sunday, March 12, 2006

Jharkhand : Massive recruitments to counter the Maoist menace

OUR CORRESPONDENT

Ranchi, March 9: The Cabinet today decided to make massive recruitments to strengthen the special branch in a bid to counter the Maoist menace.

Cabinet secretary Aditya Swarup said many posts have been created to strengthen the special branch to tackle extremist activities.

The government feels police inspectors should be posted in all blocks and there should be a dedicated cadre up to the rank of deputy superintendent of police in the special branch.

Keeping this in mind, the Cabinet has approved 813 posts of constables, 413 assistant sub-inspectors, 142 inspectors, 187 minions, five sergeant-majors, 110 head constables, 12 additional SPs, 26 DSPs, three SPs and two DIGs.

The move will cost Rs 26 crore annually, but it will be an effective tool in gathering information and checking Naxalite activities.

Officials and personnel of up to DSP rank will permanently remain in the special branch and they will be accordingly trained, he added.

The Cabinet also approved recruitment of 518 persons for setting up 97 dispensaries of desi (Indian) system of medicine and 10 joint dispensaries having allopathic, ayurvedic, unani and homeopathic medicines.

The cabinet also approved a grant of Rs 4.5 crore to the Ranchi Municipal Corporation for public amenities and to keep the capital clean. Besides building urinals at many places in the city, the RMC will buy 15 new tractors and hire 155.

Swarup said the Cabinet approved the proposal of the health and family department to recruit 518 persons to set up 97 desi dispensaries each having four practitioners and 10 joint dispensaries to strengthen the alternative system of medicine in the state.

While deciding to amend the RMC Act and Jharkhand Municipality Act to increase penalty amounts up to 100 times, the Cabinet also approved amendment in the Jharkhand Regional Development Authority Act to have a say in approving building plans.

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