Moving by road in forest areas is always a challenge.But for Simdega,Gumla and Lohardaga,slated to be visited by chief minister Arjun Munda during his four day Johar yatra,it is even bigger challenge due to the Maoist factor.The state government has activated the security operation to escort him.
For the yatra beginning November 4,security forces are being pressed into service.They are patrolling the highways that snake through these Maoist infested districts.A contingent of the CRPF and the Jharkhand Military police personnel have been deployed and the highways were on the radar of the police.
During his yatra,Munda is slated to hold review meetings with the state government officials,lay foundation stones and inaugurate development schemes,besides distributing assets among the beneficiaries in these districts.
Although Munda’s yatra,fourth of its kind during his two years in power,has brought poltical stability and added to his stature,many development schemes,especially the Centre sponsored Integrated Action Plan had not fructified in these districts.
Under the IAP,development projects such as building roads were to be under taken.The concerned authorities in these districts had floated tenders.But mainly due to the fear of the Maoists,the contractors had not participated in the bids wth the result that the IAP virtually remained on paper.
“This is a major cause of our concern”,said Punai Oraon,Gumla Deputy Development Commissioner.In his district, like Simdega and Lohardaga,vast forest areas falling under Raidih,Chainpur,Bishunpur and Dumri were dominated by mutually hostile Maoists outfits.