Friday, June 27, 2008

Health, education priority in red zone

SHAHNAWAZ AKHTAR

Vandana Dadel at her new office. Picture by Shahnawaz Akhtar
Giridih, June 26: In this rebel-hit district, health and education would be her primary goals, asserted the 30th Giridih deputy commissioner, Vandana Dadel.

The new deputy commissioner, who recently took charge, told reporters today that health and education would be her priority because these are basic to infrastructure at the grassroots. “Administrative work is to execute government plans and my priority would be health and education,” she said.

Dadel belongs to the 1996 batch of Indian Administrative Service and is the first direct IAS that Giridih has received in three years. Before this, she has served as the deputy commissioner of East Singhbhum, Seraikela and Sahebgunj. She has also served as director of primary education in social education for rural development.

The present incumbent is the second woman to be the Giridih deputy commissioner, the first being Sujata Chaturvedi in 1997.

“Apart from health and education, I want to ensure that the programmes under National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme are being implemented,” she said.

“In a Naxalite-hit district such as Giridih we need to work closely with the police department for smoother execution of government plans. We also need special planning to execute plans more effectively,” said the official.

“As it’s my first time in a rebel-hit district, it would be a challenge to complete all works pending for long because of rebel problems on time,” Dadel said.

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