Ranchi: With Jharkhand celebrating its
12th foundation day tomorrow, figures show that development
has been slow, but Chief Minister Arjun Munda contends that it
is a continuing process since the state was carved out from
Bihar on Novemver 15, 2000.
Official records show that only 14,667 villages have
been electrified which is just 45 per cent of the total
While only 8,484 villages are connected with roads,
there is only eight per cent irrigation facility on 18.04 lakh
hectare out of the total 38 lakh hectare cultivable land.
"There has been enough progress and development is an
ongoing process," Munda, who heads the eighth government in
the short history of the state, told on the eve of the
"Has traffic problems been solved in the national
capital Delhi even after construction of the Metro? Therefore,
development is an ongoing process and things are moving in the
right direction under the (BJP-led) coalition government in
Jharkhand," he said.
Pointing to the mineral wealth of the state, he said
that it possess over 32 per cent of the country’s total coal
and 25 per cent of iron ore and copper, besides also having
deposits of uranium, mica, bauxite, granite, graphite,
magnetite and others.
"But what has the state got from the Centre in return
despite repeated requests for special status?" Munda asked
while expressing disappointment over Jharkhand not getting
special status that could have enabled an economic package.
"Instead, we have got pollution and people suffer
displacement following exploitation by PSUs," Munda said,
referring to the large-scale pollution from mining in the
state and long-pending displacement problems.
Munda said his government has focused on providing
infrastructure, education, health services and taking steps to
generate employment to the youth.