Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Centre asks J'khand to hold monthly review meets

30 Jun 2009, 0513 hrs IST, TNN

RANCHI: Concerned over rising incidents of Maoist violence in Jharkhand, Union Cabinet secretary KM Chandrashekhar on Monday asked state chief
secretary A K Basu to hold monthly review meetings concerning law and order and development.

The directive was given after a day-long review meeting on development and law and order in the state by a 20-member team from the Centre.

"Security in Jharkhand in wake of Naxal violence is a major concern. I have asked the chief secretary to hold a monthly review meeting with director general of police (DGP), officials from railways, power, coal and road transport to assess the situation and inform the centre about progress made on every front," Chandrashekhar said.

The Union Cabinet secretary also asked the state government to fill vacancies in the home department at the earliest and train its personnel to tackle the Maoist menace.

"The Centre is there to provide adequate support through Central para-military forces, army and intelligence to tackle the problem. If required, a special cell will be formed in the intelligence bureau (IB) to deal with the problem and support the state," he added.

To keep a close watch on steps taken by the state in following the directives issued by the Central team, the state chief secretary was asked to prepare a detailed progress report and discuss it with the Union Cabinet secretary.

It was also decided that every month a team of secretaries from the Centre would visit Ranchi and be present during the review work done by their respective departments.

In response to a query, Chandrashekhar said very soon a rehabilitation and resettlement Act would be put in place to take care of the problems that arise due to fear of displacement.

"The draft of the Act is ready for presentation in Lok Sabha. I expect that in the days to come the Act will be in place," he said adding that there will also be some amendment in the land acquisition Act. He, however, did not go into the details of the proposed amendment.

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