The solution to the Maoist menace lies in providing responsive and accountable administration, implementation of welfare schemes and bringing the alienated youth back to the mainstream, Jharkhand Governor M.O.H. Farooq said.

“I call upon all alienated youth to give up violence, join the mainstream and contribute to the development of the state. Violence can never be the solution to any problem,” he said in his Republic Day message.

“My government will implement development programmes in an appropriate manner to meet the aspirations of the people, to bring qualitative improvement in their standard of living and to put an end to the naxal problem,” he said.

Unfurling the national tricolour at Dumka, Chief Minister Shibu Soren said the Maoist menace is a stumbling block in the state’s development.

“Shun the path of violence and join the mainstream,” Soren said, appealing to the Maoists.

“Our endeavour is to provide a fearless and prosperous Jharkhand,” he said, adding the government is identifying and listing all vacancies so that it could give one lakh jobs as promised after he took over the reins last month.

Soren said his government was also keen to put Jharkhand in the sporting map of the country and for this modern infrastructure was being built.

“We will also build at least one stadium in each block and district as part of promoting sports in the state,” he said.

On the occasion, the Governor announced the launching of the ‘Sakshar Bharat Programme’ in the state for eradicating illiteracy among women and providing vocational training.

Farooq said the scheme would be implemented in 17 out of the 24 districts of Jharkhand where women literacy is below 50 per cent.

Public servants would be made fully accountable as the government aims to establish an administration absolutely free from corruption.

The Governor said his government was committed to all-round development of the minorities because a developed Jharkhand could not be achieved without their uplift.

Observing that migration of labour was another serious problem facing Jharkhand, Farooq said the government was taking measures to stop it by ensuring better conditions for labourers.

The state Resettlement and Rehabilitation Policy needed to be reviewed to make it more favourable for the displaced.

Proper development of the state, he said, is possible only in a fully secure and safe environment and it was the government’s objective to create an environment free from crime, fear and injustice.

It is important to maintain peace and calm to attain desirable industrial development, he added.

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