Jayaram asks State to start security operation in Sunabeda

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Taking cue from the turnaround in Saranda area in Jharkhand, Union Rural Development Minister Jayaram Ramesh on Thursday asked the State government to intensify security operation in Maoist-infested Sunabeda before a comprehensive development package can be effectively implemented in Nuapada district. In a letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Ramesh has noted that implementation of the development plan in Saranda has been very positive.
“Sunabeda area also requires a similar major security operation to secure the area fully. Thereafter, security camps will have to be established in and around Sunabeda. Then only the development plan can be implemented effectively”, Ramesh said in his letter. The Union Minister also wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in this regard.
Recalling his recent Nuapada visit, Ramesh said Sunabeda area requires special focus to contain growing Maoist menace. The minister has informed the Odisha CM about allocation of Rs 110 cr for 12 panchayats under proposed Sunabeda Development Plan.
At least Rs 40 cr has been earmarked for PMGSY roads in the area while Rs 22.5 cr has been fixed for pucca houses under Indira Awas Yojana. Similarly, Rs 37.5 cr will be spent for the construction of five watershed projects under IWMP and about Rs 10 cr for strengthening livelihood activities under NRLM.