Koraaput: The Koraput district administration urged Union home minister Rajnath Singh to open two FM radio centres in at least two Maoist-hit blocks of the district so that information related to various welfare schemes of the government can reach people residing in remote areas of the district.
The administration made the proposal during Singh’s visit to Koraput on Friday to assess the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the state. “At present, we have limited means of reaching out to people residing in remote and inaccessible areas of the district. Through FM radio, which is also available in mobile phones, we can broadcast programmes to spread awareness about various welfare schemes of the state government for rural areas,” said collector (Koraput) Jaya Kumar V. “When the right message reaches people in rural areas, there is very little chance of them being misguided by rebels,” he added.
The administration also made a proposal to form a district-level coordination committee comprising the district collector, SP and head of the concerned central forces deployed in the district. The committee will sit at regular intervals and chalk out a strategy to speed up development activities in the interior areas. At present, there is lack of coordination among the various government agencies.
“We have proposed to the Centre to continue with the Integrated Action Plan as it helps in building infrastructure in Maoist-hit areas,” Kumar said.