IIM, IIT graduates to help Centre plan in Naxal-hit areas

Under the Centre’s Integrated Action Plan (IAP), the Union Rural Development Ministry has deputed a team of fresh IIM and IIT graduates in Jharkhand to support the senior Bureaucrats in implementation of development plans across 11 naxal-hit districts. The IAP operates in 17 districts of Jharkhand.

As per the fellowship programme worked out by PM Manmohan Singh and Union minister Jairam Ramesh, each IAP runs districts will get two fellows to assist respective Deputy Commissioners.

The posts of fellows were advertised by the Union Rural Development Ministry a few months ago. Over 8,000 Engineering, Management and other degree holders responded and from amongst them 800 were shortlisted. To begin with 156 were selected for 78 left wing extremism-hit districts across 9 states including Jharkhand. In Jharkhand, 34 fellows were appointed and of them from the first batch 22 have joined recently. The fellows were appointed with a beginning honorarium of Rs 50,000 a month that will be raised to Rs 75,000 after 2 months.

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