During a two-day brainstorming session on internal security organized by the Union Home Ministry at Surajkund in Faridabad, the Jharkhand government sought assistance from the Center in several schemes to combat Naxalism and cybercrime.
Representing the state, senior Congress minister Rameshwar Oraon, who was deputed on his behalf by CM Hemant Soren, put forward the demand for the state to Home Minister Amit Shah. “Cybercrime is increasing daily, and hence special central assistance should be given to buy equipment for infrastructure development. The Central Assistance Scheme (given for development works) in the removed Maoist areas from the six districts should be reinstated so that people can be brought into the mainstream of society. They were also needed. The police force will work in core Naxal-affected areas like Kokhan, Khunti-Seraikela-Chaibasa tri-junction.
From April 1, 2018, thirteen districts of Jharkhand were considered “most” LWE-affected areas and covered under special central assistance. However, the central government later revised its service due to a better LWE scenario and told the state that the districts had been reduced to eight from July 1, 2021.
Oraon also said that Jharkhand should be freed from the burden of payment of dues to the Center for deputation of Central Armed Police Forces to the state. Oraon insisted that the Center should do away with the mandate of having only veterans for the post of Special Police Forces (SPOs), and the state should have its own rules as no ex-army personnel can serve as SPOs. It is not ready. His identity is not hidden from the people.
The Jharkhand government also sought Rs 61.30 crore Nirbhaya fund from the Center. Also, it said that the state needs an aviation security training institute at the earliest as the state has been given new airport security.
Oraon also said that the government focuses on road construction, education, and electricity in the Naxal-affected area. At the same time, through community policing, the government is focusing on the surrender policy of the militants. Oraon said that 45 police stations had been constructed, and 19 are under construction under a particular infrastructure plan.