No Maoist problem for past 20 months, says Jharkhand CM

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Kolkata, Aug 19 (IANS) Aiming to change the investors perception about Jharkhand, Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Friday said there has been no Maoist problem for the past 20 months and the state has received investments of around Rs 21,000 crore in the past one year.

“If anybody comes with an investment proposal in the state, the government would provide them with land and electricity within a month”, he said at the Investor Outreach Campaign roadshow.

The state has around 1 lakh acre of land bank and it acquires land from farmers at four times the market price, said Chief Secretary Raj Bala Verma.

“We also facilitate deals between industry and farmers,” she said, adding that food processing, education, healthcare, housing, textiles, cement, steel are some of the areas of focus for the government.

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Verma said Maoist activities have been declining sharply and there was no major incident in the state this year.

She said around 10-12 pockets in the interiors of the state have been identified where the government had restricted the Maoist activists in those pockets. Around 6 CRPF battalions and paramilitary forces were deployed in these pockets to limit their activities.

“Around 600 villages in these pockets are impacted,” Verma said.

The state has also introduced an open jail policy for those willing to surrender with an objective that they can live with their families under police surveillance, can avail state funded compensation packages and be provided with vocational training, the Chief Minister said.

The state also had discussions with Kolkata-based companies such as ITC Ltd, Century Plyboards India Ltd, Bandhan Bank for potential investments in the state.

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It signed Memorandums of Understanding with Cisco India Ltd, Oracle India Pvt Ltd, Shree Cement Ltd and ACC Ltd. To promote start-ups, the state government is also coming up with a new start-up policy with a corpus fund of Rs1,000 crore.

The state will also earn a royalty income of Rs5,000 crore over a period of 30 years from the auction of 18 coal mines in Jharkhand.



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