Midnapore (West Bengal): Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh on Saturday visited Junglemahal in West Midnapore district to ascertain implementation of the Centre and state run developmental schemes and monitor the development in the region.

Expressing serious concern over the poor developmental performance, Ramesh said “The situation is really worrisome. It has been 50 long years, since the developmental schemes were brought here. But the situation still remains gloomy.”

While talking to the media persons, the Union Minister said that he has three distinct aims to curb the problem. Foremost, it is highly important to strengthen the rural politics which has lost its prominence in national affairs.  “After 64 years of independence, the rural politics has remained in the clutches of its national counterpart,” he said.

Along with improving the status of rural politics, it is important to put sincere efforts in bringing and implementing the rural developmental projects properly in the district.
 
Commenting on the law and order situation in Junglemahal, Ramesh said “We cannot expect the police and security agencies to bring about development in the area, therefore some concrete steps have to be initiated in this regard.The picture can only change if the natives are alert and aware of the shortcomings and methods to check the issues. This will be the development in the real sense.”
 
He further said that the lack of development in such regions lead to the Maoist problem that the state is facing. Until the development process is hindered, the issues of violence will continue prospering.

Speaking over the upcoming projects, the Minister said “So far, 850 km of road has been constructed in the state as a part of rural development. In the next two years, the Centre is going to add on 600 km to the existing road length here. Despite the upcoming projects, there is a need for 1800 km more construction of roads here.”

JPN/Bureau