Jamshedpur: Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today attributed “administrative failure” as a major cause behind naxalism and assured to provide development-oriented schemes and good governance in the state.

Addressing his maiden press conference as chief minister in Jamshedpur today, Das said it was really unfortunate that even after over six decades of Independence, the poor villagers were deprived of basic amenities including water, road, electricity etc.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das. PTI

There is no doctor, no teacher, villagers are deprived of basic amenities like road, electricity and water, he said, adding that these are the reasons for increase in naxal activities.

“I believe it is totally administrative failure that led to naxalism in the state,” he said.

“Who are the naxals? They are part of our society, they too need employment and basic amenities like others. They were misguided youths who were lured to pick up arms for survival,”he said.

Holding the bureaucrats responsible for the menace, Das said the root cause of naxalism was unemployment and lack of basic amenities, which the government was committed to address on priority basis.

The chief minister assured that his government would be accountable and ensure rapid development by utilising the abundance of natural resources.

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Within a month’s time, he announced, the teachers’ recruitment process will begin and 17,000 policemen will be appointed in a couple of months. The process has already begun in this regard, he said, adding that he has directed all the departments to provide details about the vacant posts as well as the existing infrastructure.

“We will have to improve our infrastructure and change work culture to extract the desired result,” the chief minister said, admitting that we can not expect development without improving our basic infrastructure.

Das asked the media to be constructive in criticism of government functioning and sought suggestions for all round development of the state.

Referring to the state of affairs of the adivasis in Jharkhand, Das said it was shocking to see the community ruined by politicians by offering them liquor and hadia (local rice beer) instead of providing them facilities for development.

“I was shocked to see some tribals in Santhal Paraganas during the recent campaigning and saw a 40-year-old man, who was habituated to liquor and hadia, looking much older than his age,” Das said.

In an attempt to address the problem, he said the government has decided to hold its next cabinet meeting in Dumka and than in Chaibasa, West Singhbhum.

“We will hold similar cabinet meetings in all the commissionaries with sole intention that the government schemes must reach out to poor and needy,” the chief minister said.


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Jharkhand CM blames administrative failure behind rising naxalism