Jharkhand Governor announces measures on Independence Day
Last Updated: Saturday, August 15, 2009, 14:38
Ranchi: One lakh BPL households would be provided with electrical connectivity and 923 additional villages would be given electricity by this month end, Jharkhand Governor K Sankaranarayanan announced in Ranchi on Saturday.

Unfurling the flag at the Morahbadi ground here, he said that the state would open an additional five thousand anganwadi centres by September 15 this year.

These centres will be in addition to the existing 36,000 anganwadi centres, which provide cooked meals to children up to six years and adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers across the state, he said.

"I also assure you that physically challenged brothers and sisters would be provided artificial aides, pension, scholarships and also financial support from various schemes, he said while outlining the state's welfare measures.

"I am happy to inform that Jharkhand has been accorded the second position in the country for excellence in the implementation of the Persons with Disabilities Act," he added.

In order to check price rise and discourage hoarding of food commodities, he said the state would open a network of provision stores---named as 'Suvidha'---for sale of essential commodities to all the people at reasonable rates in all district and block headquarters, he said.

Referring to the severe drought situation, the Governor said he had directed the administration to ensure that the old, the infirm and the destitute should not suffer and there should not be any case of death due to starvation.

"Ten quintals of foodgrains have been stored in each panchayat. All BPL and antyodaya beneficiaries are being given 35 kg of free food grains from August 1 this year," he added.

Crop loans would be rescheduled to mitigate the hardship of farmers, he said and added in areas where paddy sowing has been adversely affected, seeds for alternative crops like maize and pulses were being provided.

Turning to the state's performance since its creation nearly nine years ago, he said the hopes and aspirations of the people were yet to be realised.

"At the time of its creation on November 15, 2000, it was hoped that the remote and tribal villages of this state would achieve a faster rate of development and growth.

"The hopes and aspirations of its people, however, are yet to be realised and a lot needs to be done in all fields for a balanced development of the state," he said.

Stating that his commitment to democracy is total, the Governor said his priority was to ensure effective, transparent and honest governance in Jharkhand, where President's Rule had been imposed for the last seven months.

"Till the state elects a popular government for itself, I have initiated concrete, time bound and focused efforts in this direction," he added.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, August 15, 2009, 14:38

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