J'khand to study 'Kashmir Model' to curb naxalism

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Ranchi, Jun 29 (UNI) Amid the ongoing Europe over the state machinery's 'failure' during th recent economic-blockade by the maoists, the Jharkhand government is preparing a new surrender policy for the naxalites and also studing the 'Kashmir model'.

Official sources told UNI here today that concerned over the recent spurt in naxalism, Chief Minister Madhu Koda had directed the authorities to review the existing surrender policy and prepare a new one with a 'better package'.

He said a comprehensive study of surrender policies of various states including, Jammu and Kashmir, would be undertaken before the preparation of a final draft.

''The government feels that mere use of force cannot end this menace, so the new policy will ensure that those who surrender and join the mainstream feel honoured,'' the sources stated.

Mr Koda, also in-charge of the home department, was not averse to the idea of giving security jobs to the surrendered ultras on the lines of the J&K policy, the sources said, adding that many other local factors would be taken into account before reaching a final conclusion.

According to sources, the Chief Minister is concerned about the fact that during the recent economic-blockade, naxal violence spread to some new areas and had now engulfed almost all the 22 districts of the state.

''Since lack of development and employment are the major causes of naxalism, thrust is being put on tackling these through development,'' they said.

Mr Koda had directed the authorities concerned to spread awareness among the masses about various development programmes. He was also trying to hold the long pending panchayat polls at the earliest, by dealing effectively with the legal hurdles.

''Once the panchayat system comes in place, employment schemes like the National Rural Employment Act will be implemented in a more effective manner and will ultimately prove very beneficial in tackling naxalism,'' the sources added.

During the two-day economic blockade on June 26 and 27, the state suffered an estimated loss of more than hundred crores of rupees.

Defying tight security, the CPI(Maoist) ultras blew up a goods train, rail tracks at several places and a busy road bridge.

Several trains were cancelled and mineral transport came to a halt.

UNI

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