At a time when the Naxal violence is on the decline and Odisha government has decided to relax the educational requirement for former Maoists to facilitate their skill development training in state-run centers in Left Wing Extremist-affected districts, the question is: why Jharkhand government can not do so in its Maoist affected areas?
"We have kept our option open", says a senior officer of the state government led by BJP leader and Chief Minister Raghubar Das under whose regime the Naxal violence cases have gone down and a number of Maoists were either killed, jailed or were surrendering
In Odisha, the scene was different,With an increasing number of young Maoists returning to the mainstream, they need to be properly rehabilitated so that they can take up jobs,As such,the state government has decided to train them, develop their skill, Sanjay Singh, the secretary of Skill Development and Technical Education, is quoted having told PTI.
"The state government has asked the Director Technical Education and Training (DTET), Cuttack, to relax the requisite educational qualification to facilitate the training of former Maoists in state-run Skill Development Centres (SDC)s and Industrial Training Institutes (ITI)", Singh says.
In fact, a report from Odisha indicates that the state government there has already set up five ITIs and 10 SDCs in Maoist-affected districts.
Reports show that 99 Naxals had surrendered before the Odhisa police in 2014 and 64 in 2015. At least 31 Maoists had surrendered in 2016 and 26 others surrendered in 2017. Till now, 15 Maoists have surrendered before the police in 2018, the official told PTI
Like its counterpart in Odisha, Jharkhand government hope that more Naxals will surrender before the police after the monsoon season ends, connecting the cut-off areas with the mainland in Naxal affected districts of these states