Naxalism continues to be cause for concern: Koda

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Ranchi, Aug 15 (UNI) Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda today said a four-pronged strategy has been worked out to counter naxal problem which continues to be the main cause of concern in the state.

Defence, development, efforts to bring the underground elements to mainstream and political initiation are the policies through which the government wanted to address the problem, Mr Koda said after hoisting the National Flag on the occasion of 62nd Independence Day at the historic Morabadi ground here.

He said the government was committed to ensuring the safety of people and their properties and claimed that to a large extent, counter-insurgency operations had yielded results.

Central funds meant for modernisation of Police were largely utilised and after creation of Jharkhand state more than 20,000 posts were created in police department, he said adding more than 15,000 police personnel had been recruited.

On the 34th National games, which the state would host, the chief minister said about 80 per cent of the civil works were completed.

In all, the government sanctioned construction of 86 stadium for the mega project.

In Dumka, Governor Syed Sibtey Razi unfurled the Tricolour and urged the naxals to shun violence.

He said the government besides taking measures to counter the underground elements, was also considering of creating new jobs.

Mr Razi said the government was required to address core issues like education, health, infrastructure and resettlement and rehabilitation policies.

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