Friday, May 08, 2009

Naxalism a national threat: governor

Naxalism a national threat: governor
OUR CORRESPONDENT
Dhanbad, May 8: Governor Syed Sibtey Razi today termed Naxalism as a national problem and said that 17 states in the country were grappling with the menace.

“The problem is not confined to Jharkhand,” said the governor, blaming a number of reasons, including adverse geographical conditions, for the rise of Maoists.

Razi, who was in the district to review development works undertaken by different departments at the divisional level, was responding to a query on the deteriorating law and order situation in the state. His attention was drawn to the spate of Naxalite attacks during election.

On the imposition of VAT on food grains and the consequent rise in prices, he said it was the decision of the Centre. He added that steps were being taken to keep prices of essential items under control by launching a crackdown on hoarders of food grains.

Earlier in the day, Razi reviewed works carried out by several departments such as water supply, energy, National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, food supply and road construction. “More than 6,890 hand pumps in the division are lying defunct. They should be repaired before June 10,” said Razi.

He added that steps were being taken to provide the benefits of NREGA schemes to registered families to check their migration to other states. Social audits and independent surveys will be promoted to maintain transparency.

Expressing concern over power crisis, Razi said Chatra district was the worst affected. He added that instruction had been given to the deputy commissioner to make land available for the establishment of a grid station. Two power stations will also be set up at Tundi and Topchanchi blocks in Dhanbad before June while renovation of 24 bridges and 700km of road would be completed before June 24, he added.

Razi held poor revenue realisation responsible for the abysmal state of infrastructure in the two districts.

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