More mining means more Maoism Ramesh

More mining means more Maoism Ramesh

By: || Updated: 29 Feb 2012 11:21 AM

"More mining means more Maoism," Union rural development minister Jairam
Ramesh on Wednesday said opposing the move by private firms to get
clearance for iron ore mining in Jharkhand's Maoist-hit Saranda region.

After reviewing implementation of central government's development plan in
the forest-rich Saranda region in west Singhbhum district, Ramesh said the
development plan was on track and "Maoists will not deter us."

"More mining means more Maoism. I am very clear that other than SAIL
(Steel Authority of India Limited), there should not be any other mining
activities in the region. Even SAIL's mining should be regulated," Ramesh
told reporters.

He said as environment minister, he had given sanction only to SAIL, a
public sector undertaking, for iron ore mining.

He said, he had clearly stated in his order that no private firms should
be given sanction for mining.

Top Jharkhand government officials informed Ramesh at the review meeting
here today that Maoists are making efforts to sabotage development
activity in the tribal-dominated area.

The Maoist propaganda in the area is that the plan is being implemented to
pave the way for big corporates eyeing the minerals in the thickly
forested region.

Ramesh said Maoist efforts will not succeed because people of the region
wanted development.

Expressing satisfaction over the implementation of the programme, Ramesh
also said the Saranda Development Plan will be replicated in other
Maoist-hit areas of the state.

He announced that the plan which is known as Saranda Action Plan will now
be called Saranda Development Plan as the word action gives "wrong
message" in tribal areas.

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