Ranchi: In a bid to combat the Maoist menace, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has said that the Centre is ready to hold unconditional talks with the red terrors.  

Ramesh laid foundation stones for development projects worth Rs 250 crore in villages situated near Maoist affected Saranda in West Singhbhum district. While talking to reporters Ramesh said, “Even if the Maoists are not ready to change their mindset, the Centre is ready to hold unconditional talks with them.”

Referring to the Maoist problem, Ramesh said, “Security forces cannot solve the problem alone. There is a need of proper coordination between political system, sensible development and security measures to tackle the Naxal issue.”

Lamenting on the slow development, he said, “It is true that in the last 50 years no development work has been done. Maoists have encroached many acres of tribal land.”

"As per the Integrated Action Plan by the Centre and the state, a total of 6000 families will get Indira Awas, besides construction of roads, health centres and other amenities," Ramesh told reporters here after laying foundation stone for road and other development projects.

The minister distributed solar lamps, bi-cycles and transistors among some families in the villages near Saranda and started the process of giving cheques for Rs 48,500 each to the beneficiaries to build houses under Indira Awas Yozana.

(JPN/ Bureau)