By Orissadiary Corresdent
Bhubaneswar: Planning Commission member Abhijit Sen has indicated some new initiatives would soon be taken to deal with the Leftwing insurgency in Orissa.
Sen who reviewed progress in various state and central welfare schemes being implemented in Orissa said the officials informed him regarding the problems in a few Maoist-infested districts.
Planning Commission would soon bring new initiatives with the help of rural development ministry to deal with the situation, he said, suggesting the state government to study some provisions of the commission on the issue.
Senís remark came after he was informed by state chief secretary AK Tripathy about many welfare schemes like Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutkaran Yojana (RGGVY), Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) not being implemented in the districts due to extremists.
Recently, Orissaís rural development department urged the Centre to ask Border Road Organisation (BRO) to assist completing a few roads under PMGSY in Malkangiri and other districts.
Also, energy and works departments converged to erect electric poles or bridges in sensitive places. Asked about state governmentís performance in implementing central schemes, Sen said the implementation was good at some places and not up to the mark in others.
The stateís performance in implementation of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNURM) and Rastriya Krushi Bikas (RKB) Yojana was not satisfactory, he added. On implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) Sen said while some districts were getting sufficient funds, others lacked them.