Munda pledges to curb corruption

Jharkhand CM Arjun Munda said steps have been taken ranging from devolution of power to implementation of welfare programmes.

Updated: Dec 20, 2010, 21:44 PM IST

Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda on Monday said steps have been taken ranging from devolution of power to implementation of welfare programmes as his BJP-JMM-AJSU coalition completed 100 days on Monday.

"Our government has completed hundred days and during this short period we have moved forward with a strong will power to establish a system free of corruption and setting up perfect infrastructure," Munda, who took oath on September 11, told newsmen here.

"Continued action is being taken to curb corruption with FIR being filed against several persons and arresting them," he added.

The state, he added, had to endure drought for two successive years, `leaving the state with water and grains crises`.
"I have requested the Centre to release funds under Disaster Management department so that distribution of grains to the poor speeds up," he said.

He said work was on to distribute rice at rupee one per kg to BPL families, besides an additional 11 lakh APL families in the aftermath of the government declaring the entire state as drought-hit for the second successive year.

Underlining the ongoing panchayat elections as one of the important landmarks in the short period of governance, Munda expressed optimism that local bodies would help welfare schemes reaching to every beneficiary.
The polls are being held after 32 years.

Alliance very strong and effective: JMM

Ranchi: On the completion of its 100th day in office today, Jharkhand Deputy Chief Minister and JMM leader Hemant Soren said the Arjun Munda-led coalition was `very strong and effective`.

"The alliance has been very strong in these 100 days, and is working unitedly and effectively," Soren told newsmen when asked how the alliance had worked in 100 days.

There is coordination and cooperation among the allies as well," Soren said.

Chief Minister Arjun Munda on September 11 took oath as the head of BJP/JMM/Ajsu dispensation, the eighth in ten years of Jharkhand`s creation, and second in the last one year.

"Our three most priority areas are roads, electricity and water---about which the government has already taken several initiatives," Soren said.

Predicting a good monsoon next season after the state reeled under two drought years, Soren said the government was seriously working on constructing a series of check dams across the state, besides digging wells ahead of next monsoon.

Stating that water problem has become a nationwide issue, he said about 17,000 tubewells have been approved to be set up at various places.

"You will see more developmental works in the next one year," asserted Soren.