New Delhi: The Central government has proposed to set up Saranda Development Authority (SDA) to develop the Saranda region and drive out Maoists who had a safe haven for years in the jungles.

Writing a letter to Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has asked him for his opinion on the issue.

Saranda, spread in 800 sq meter of forest region, has 56 panchayats and has a population of 36,000 people. Security forces reclaimed the jungles of Saranda from the control of Maoists who had a large scale presence in the region.

In its effort to develop the region, the state government has started several schemes, phase one of which is already started, in the area.

Recently, Jairam Ramesh paid a visit to the region and expressed his happiness on the start of development schemes.

The Union Minister in his letter to the Chief Minister has proposed to set the SDA for an overall development of the region. He also suggested that the Chairman of this authority should be a young administrative service officer, advising the government to recruit educated local people, who have a good knowledge of the region.

Ramesh in his letter also mentioned the visit of Prime Minister’s advisor TKA Nair and his satisfaction over the return of peace in the area.

JPN/Bureau