In an attempt to understand the problems of the rural masses and inculcate confidence among them, Jharkhand government has directed its officials to interact with them and spend nights in rural pockets.

From now it would be mandatory for deputy commissioners and superintendents of police to visit villages on a regular basis, deputy chief minister-cum-finance minister of Jharkhand Raghuvar Das said.

“Such a move would certainly help the administration to understand the ground realities and take action to solve the problems being faced by the rural masses”, he said.

” We want to ensure that the benefits of government sponsored schemes should reach to the beneficiaries”, he said.

Mr. Das, who was in the steel city on Thursday to take part in Ramnavami immersion ceremony, said the decision would be effective after the adjournment of the ongoing budget session of the assembly.

The directive was believed to be a follow-up action to the massive anti-naxal operation launched by the state police and to focus more on rural development to tackle the extremist menace.

Meanwhile, the government’s decision came at a time when the state government officials were unwilling to spend more time in rural pockets, particularly in naxal-affected areas without adequate security arrangement, following the abduction of Dalbhumgarh Block Development Officer, Prasant Kumar Layey, who was kidnapped by CPI (Maoists) from his office in Ghatsila sub-division and then released after a week last month.