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MP seeks Modi aid for Santhal districts

Ranchi, June 3: Godda MP Nishikant Dubey of the BJP has shot off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanding that six districts in Santhal Pargana region be brought under the umbrella of Integrated Action Plan (IAP) — a centrally sponsored project to build infrastructure in Naxalism-affected areas.

In his three-page letter written on May 27, Dubey, who retained his Parliament seat this election, said the six backward districts — Dumka, Deoghar, Godda, Pakur, Jamtara and Sahebganj — had been suffering owing to decades of negligence.

“Santhal Pargana will go out of hand if the government of India cannot take sincere steps immediately. Security operations and development must come together to flush out Naxalism from the Santhal region,” Dubey stated in the letter.

The Godda MP, who had written similar letters to the previous Union government, made a fresh attempt to draw the attention of the Centre in this regard.

He added the Maoists had been spreading their tentacles in the regions for the past few years. On the last day of polling in Jharkhand on April 28, the CPI(Maoist) attacked a team, including election officials and security forces, in which at least eight persons were killed. Prior to this, Maoists ambushed Pakur SP Amarjeet Balihar and his team last year.

In 2011, tribal activist sister Valsa John was murdered by suspected Maoists at Amrapara in Pakur.

These apart, rebels killed two BSF jawans were killed in Chaipani forest of Shikaripara in Dumka during the Assembly elections in 2009.

“Nepal’s top Maoist leader who later became the prime minister of Nepal, Pushp Kamal Dahal alias Prachand, once told the media that he had spent five years undercover in Santhal Pargana region. Does anyone need more proof to call the region a Naxalism-hit area?” Dubey asked.

“Since Modiji has a good understanding about the Naxalism, I believe Santhal Pargana will get its dues. Maoist problem can be solved through a comprehensive action plan with special emphasis on develop of basic infrastructure,” the MP added said.

As many as 17 out of 24 districts of Jharkhand are covered under IAP, a scheme launched in 2010 by the central government to curb the left wing extremism. IAP is meant for plugging gaps in critical infrastructure at the grassroots level by building roads, nullahs, schools etc. In the last fiscal, Centre had allotted Rs 510 crore for IAP projects in 17 districts under IAP.


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