Focus is on poor and not investors, says Arjun Munda

Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda said he would prevent mindless exploitation of natural resources of the state which had been allowed by previous governments.

Updated: Dec 27, 2010, 15:21 PM IST

Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun
Munda said he would prevent mindless exploitation of natural
resources of the state which had been allowed by previous
governments.

The government`s priority would be to focus on
development and upliftment of population below the poverty
line and his government would not chase investors.

Munda said, ``As our natural resources are valuable,
so we will only invite those people who will assure us that
they will be partners in progress.``

Asked to explain what he meant by `partners in
progress`, he said that those investors, who would engage in
development activities and help develop skills of people,
would be welcome.

``And those whose motive is only to loot the natural
resources of the poor state, will not

He favoured a balanced economic growth of the state with
other parts of the country.

Claiming that a majority of families belonging to tribal
communities were living below the poverty line, Munda said
development of each citizen would only be considered a true
progress.

The poor or the tribals, whose land would be used by any
investor in the state, would be entitled to not only monetary
compensation, but their skills had to be developed and they
should be suitably employed in the upcoming venture, Munda
said.

He said he would personally see that power plants, steel
industry and agro-based industries were given priority.

``Jharkhand has set a target to generate 12,000 MW of
electricity through private investment in the next three
years,`` he said adding it aimed at self sufficiency in its
energy requirement and also to supply power to other parts of
the country.

Asked about the 34th National Games, Munda said there
was no question now of any further deferment of the Games and
it would be held as per the new schedule between February 12
26, 2011.

The Games will be held in three cities of the state --
Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Dhanbad.

To a question about the ongoing probe into the charges
of corruption against the office-bearers of National Games
Organizing Committee and office-bearers of the Jharkhand
Olympic association, he said that the government`s priority
was to hold the long-pending National Games in February, and
law would take its own course with regard to corruption
charges.

He said that action had been taken against over 100
officials on corruption charges. Moreover the state Vigilance
has been given more powers to act against the corrupt.

PTI