I want to reach out to remote villages
For Alex Paul Menon, staying clear of the media glare has become a challenge even as he recovers from the trauma of being kidnapped and detained in the jungles by Maoists. Undeterred by the sensational abduction, the 2006-batch IAS officer is determined to carry forward his mission of steering Sukma district towards achieving self-sufficiency on various fronts, including agriculture, food security and health care.
Though he parried questions on the kidnap episode, Mr. Menon spoke of the ongoing development programmes in Sukma, the new district that was carved out from the strife-torn Dantewada in Chattisgarh in January this year.
The district administration proposes to reach out to scores of remote tribal villages even in the Konta Block, considered by Maoists as their “liberated zone” and provide basic amenities such as drinking water, primary health centers and residential schools. This was perhaps seen by the Maoists as a threat to their relevance in the area.
(http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article3436835.ece 19/05/12, The Hindu)