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
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.