Ranchi: Seven ultra-Naxal affected and sensitive districts of Jharkhand have received Rs 52 crore for the financial year 2023-24. This amount has been given under the Special Central Assistance Scheme under the Centrally Sponsored Police Modernization Scheme.
The districts for which this amount has been allocated include Chatra, Giridih, Gumla, Khunti, Chaibasa, Seraikela and Lohardaga districts. Critical gaps related to public infrastructure and services in six districts of the state will be filled with the funds received under the Special Central Assistance Scheme.
For this, the Home Ministry of the Government of India had planned to provide special central assistance in the extreme militancy-affected districts of the country, out of which six districts are of Jharkhand. In terms of activity of Maoists, they are in the extreme Maoist influence category. Maoists have influence in 16 districts of the state.
According to the Union Home Ministry, earlier 90 districts across the country were affected by Maoism. But now its number has reduced to 70. The Centre has considered 25 out of 70 districts as having extreme Maoist influence.
Jharkhand has 8 out of 25 districts with extreme Maoist influence in the country. The 16 districts under Maoist influence in Jharkhand include Ranchi, Khunti, Bokaro, Chatra, Dhanbad, East Singhbhum, Garhwa, Giridih, Gumla, Hazaribagh, Latehar, Lohardaga, Palamu, Simdega, Seraikela-Kharsawan, West Singhbhum. The eight most Maoist-affected districts include Chatra, Giridih, Gumla, Khunti, Lohardaga, Latehar, Seraikela-Kharsawan, West Singhbhum.