Slew of measures for girl child mark Jharkhand day

The day marked with girls enthralling a capacity crowd at the Birsa Munda stadium with their traditional dances to film and folk numbers.

Last Updated: Nov 15, 2011, 22:34 PM IST

Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun
Munda on Tuesday said roads, electrification and irrigation were
among the government`s priority list alongside rooting out
corruption and giving a dignified life to girl child as the
state celebrated its 12th foundation day.

"Several initiatives have been taken in various areas
like roads, irrigation, drinking water and electrification our
government is committed to root out corruption," Munda said on
the occasion here.
Munda`s reiteration comes in the wake of official
records showing only 14,667 out of a total 32,620 villages
were electrified while only 8,484 villages connected with
roads and eight percent irrigation facility of the net sown
area of 18.04 lakh hectare out of total 38 lakh hectare
cultivable land.

"Irrigation facilities will be strengthened for
farmers, and 500 paddy procurement centres across the state
will be set up. Farmers can sell their crops for Rs 1100 per
quintal of grains as support price in the government-sponsored
centres," Munda said.

Reassuring the people that BJP-led government was
taking all steps to fulfil their dreams, he said BPL families
would get two CFL bulbs and others would get one such bulb at
15 rupees to save energy.

Announcing "Girl child and Protection of Childhood"
year till November 15, 2012, Munda launched `Mukhya Mantri
Ladli Laxmi Yozana`, distributing pass books to the BPL
families.

Under the scheme, the government would deposit Rs 6000
per year in the account of a girl child of BPL family between
zero and five years and would get a purse of Rs 1,11,000 on
attaining 21 years of age.

"We want to give a dignified life to the girl
children. About 25,000 women represent the three-tier
panchayati raj system in the state," he said while launching a
series of other schemes, including health-related ones, for
the uplift of girls.

The day marked with girls enthralling a capacity crowd
at the Birsa Munda stadium with their traditional dances to
film and folk numbers, cycling and songs with the performance
of two girls in hot air balloons standing out.

PTI