Ranchi, March 1: Dumka will tomorrow host a brainstorming session on development programmes and law and order in the backward region of Santhal Pargana, the first major review meeting after one by former chief minister Arjun Munda in 2010.
Advisers Madhukar Gupta and K. Vijay Kumar will chair the meeting at Suchana Bhavan in the sub-capital.
Newly appointed development commissioner A.K. Sarkar told The Telegraph the review would focus on past achievements in different development projects in terms of target, while the authorities would also explore why not many milestones have been achieved and corrective steps.
Santhal Pargana, which has a sizeable tribal population, also includes the districts of Deoghar, Jamtara, Godda, Pakur and Sahebganj.
Many projects such as Common Service Centres for deciphering IT-enabled services through Pragya Kendras have been non-starters in the region after Delhi-based Zoom Developers left the task midway.
Now, the state government has appointed a government agency to execute the project.
“We will also try to know status of central flagship schemes. The status of funds received from the Centre for execution of such schemes and whether utilisation certificates have been given to the Centre will also be stressed. Besides, the meeting will focus on preparing schedule for important schemes and an overall roadmap for development of the region,” Sarkar said.
Cabinet co-ordination department sources said as many as 19 secretaries of different government departments, divisional commissioner of Santhal Pargana Ashok Kumar Mishra would be present during the deliberations which would start at 10am.
Among top officials who will be present are chief secretary S.K. Choudhary, Sarkar, DGP Rajeev Kumar and secretaries of different government departments including rural development, home, HRD, water resources, health, welfare, urban development, panchayati raj, food and civil supplies.
Sources said the review would scan ongoing projects under Indira Awas Yojana, National Rural Livelihood Mission, mines and forest related issues, National Horticulture Mission, Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana, National Rural Health Mission, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, midday meal scheme, MGNREGS and PMGSY. There will be a separate review for law and order and security.
The region remains politically sensitive, with the JMM so far enjoying its say over the Santhal population while erstwhile BJP is trying hard to dent its vote bank. Besides, JVM supremo Babulal Marandi is also a tall leader in Santhal Pargana. He recently held an agitation in Pakur against Panem Coal Mines, during which residents complained about being misled regarding displacement and benefits under resettlement and rehabilitation policies by the company which sent coal to the Punjab State Electricity Board.