No Maoists in Jharkhand, says Raghubar Das

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Denying any Maoist presence in Jharkhand, Chief Minister Raghubar Das said on Friday that “only some goons” in the name of Maoists were indulging in extortion and they will be dealt with as per law.

Mr Das was in Kolkata for a road show to promote the two-day long Jharkhand Global Investor’ Summit 2017, which will take off in early 2017. So far, road shows had been held in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Delhi.

“There are no Maoists in Jharkhand. Only some goons in some isolated pockets of the State and they are indulging in extortion to scuttle the development of the State. We will deal with such criminals accordingly,” said Mr. Das.

He also said that in the last 20 months, there has been no major Maoist-related incident in Jharkhand, adding that the State Government has initiated several surrender policies and received good response so far.

As for the investment proposals in Jharkhand from Bengal are concerned, he said that so far he has received 30 such proposals from industrialists in Bengal. The proposals are in the sectors of food, steel and cement.

The Chief Minister ruled out any possibility of potential investors facing problems regarding availability of land for industry and said that as of now the State Government has nearly one lakh acre of land in its land bank. “Land and electricity will be provided to investors within a month. Not only have we earmarked 200 acres of land for the IT sector but will also provide Special Economic Zone (SEZ) facility to them,” said Mr. Das.

He also said that to streamline the process of getting permission from the State Government it has set up a single window system following which the time for permission for setting up industries have been reduced to seven days.

“Within 10 years, Jharkhand will emerge as one of the most developed States of the world. Jharkhand is now focusing on a massive uplift of basic infrastructure including road, rail and power networks to usher in the next stage of reforms and attract more investment,” said Mr. Das.