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Chief secy for growth to fight extremism

Officiating chief secretary Sajal Chakraborty on Tuesday called for development initiatives in left-wing extremist-affected districts to weed out Maoists from the state.

“The more the development interventions, the lesser will be the impact of extremism,” said Chakraborty after inaugurating the 40th anniversary function of Child In Need Institute (Cini) at a city hotel.

A Bengal-based NGO, Cini works for poor children with its branches across Jharkhand and other states.

Speaking at the event, Chakraborty hailed the Cini’s initiatives and said NGOs had a bigger role to play to bring about quality change at the grassroots level. “We cannot expect the government to reach everywhere. Here comes the role of NGOs, which can extend a helping hand to neglected communities and bring them to the mainstream,” he added.

The senior bureaucrat said he wanted government officials to take the benefits of development to the last person of society.

Dr Samir Choudhary, a founding member of Cini and a renowned paediatrician, said a country with high percentage of malnutrition should not sit to rectify a child’s health after the birth. “People talk about adopting a child or looking after a born child. I insist on adopting mothers and looking after pregnant mothers. Feed her with proper nutrition and take initiatives to prevent a child from getting into a vicious cycle of malnutrition,” Choudhary, a recipient of Global Humanitarian Award, said.