Thursday, October 25, 2007

Orissa:Serve in Naxal zone, get more

Wednesday October 24 2007 11:07 IST

Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government is preparing an incentive package for its employees working in nine Naxal-infested districts to arrest the trend of a large number of vacancies.

A proposal will soon be submitted to the Government, sources said. With Naxals spreading their wings, Government employees are reluctant to get posted in 'red' zones. A large number of vacancies in these districts has become the major stumbling block in the process of development.

The issue was discussed at a high-level meeting chaired by Development Commissioner R.N. Bohidar here on Tuesday. The meeting convened by the Home Department was to deliberate on the proposed pilot project to be launched by the Centre in two selected districts - Malkangiri and Rayagada.

The State Government's announcement of a special package for doctors and para-medical staff working in KBK districts had a positive impact. Similar incentives to other Government staff may help improve the situation, the meeting observed.

The Centre has selected 10 districts - including the two in Orissa - where the pilot project will be launched. This will be part of a two pronged approach to contain Naxalism.

While security will be strengthened in the Naxal-infested areas, thrust will be on socio-economic development. The Centre has asked the State Government to submit a special action plan under the pilot project. The entire cost of the project will be borne by the Centre.

Home Secretary T K Mishra told this website's newspaper that a holistic approach will be made in the action plan involving all the line departments to ensure speedier development and smooth functioning of the delivery system.

The State Government will request the Centre to relax the norms of PMGSY guidelines so that many road projects can be taken up in the Naxal-affected districts.

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