Jairam Ramesh finalises action plan for Saranda forest area in Jharkhand
The Central action plan entails an expenditure of about Rs.325 crore, besides the budgetary allocation under various heads covering the 56 villages of six panchayats of Saranda to benefit a population of about 36,000 tribals.

It includes free distribution of solar lantern, bicycles, and transistors to 7,000 families at an estimated cost of Rs.5.2 crore and 200 hand pumps at a cost of Rs.1.2 crore.

Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh has called for fast tracking construction of rural roads under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) in Naxalite-affected districts.

The Centre will bear 75% of the cost required to overhaul the administrative capacity in the 72 districts most affected by Leftwing extremism, or Maoism, to make its flagship rural employment guara

Production-related sectors to be included
The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) of the United Progressive Alliance government is a model for the entire world, Union Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran has said.

PM emphasises on development in tune with needs of the local people

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has acknowledged the need for greater flexibility in the implementation of the rural schemes and demand for support and security to make their delivery more effective

New Delhi Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday stressed the need for integrated development to counter the menace of Naxalism. “The development has to be meaningful, it has to integrated and it should be for the people,” Singh said addressing a national workshop attended by 60 collectors from the Naxal-hit districts.

Development and land rights are the new weapons in the government’s war against Naxals.

Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh will arrive in Ranchi tomorrow on a three-day visit of the state to review execution of development schemes, including a blighted MGNREGS, in Jharkhan

The growth of militant left radicalism, known as the Naxalite movement in official documents and civil society discussions, has acquired considerable prominence in the public policy discourse, media coverage and interaction with social scientists. The subject has also been deliberated upon in seminars across the country. The Government policy to deal with it has also polarised thinking on how it should be understood and characterised and what would be the most appropriate approach to neutralise its influence.