Inaugurates welfare schemes worth over 94 crores
Jamshedpur, March 18: The two-day Rankini Mahotsav kicked off amidst kaleidoscope of cultural events at Maubhandar Football ground on Sunday. Chief Minister Raghubar Das in the presence of Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, Amar Bauri inaugurated the festival.
Addressing the function at Moubhandar Football Ground on Sunday evening the Chief Minister promised to wipe out naxals from the state by the end of this year. ” I here declare that we will completely wipe out naxals from the state by 2018, ” he said.
The Chief Minister also appreciated the efforts of CRPF and district police for eliminating the naxals in an effective manner. ” It is because of the effectiveness of the paramilitary forces and district police, the naxals have been pushed back in Ghatshila, once considered a rebel hub, ” he said.
Das also unveiled welfare projects worth over Rs 94 crore during the function. He also laid the foundation stone of a 15 Km road connecting Kashidah with Hurlung. The road will reduce travel time between steel city and Ghatshila.
“We want to ensure that people at grass root level reap benefits of schemes. The government is focused on developing each village and for which each government department’s welfare measures should reach the desired beneficiary. Directives have been issued for constitution of committees at gram sabha and gram panchayat level for respective departments,” noted Das.
Giving a commitment to help meet significant needs by providing finance and knowledge services, Das promised to push development projects and poverty eradication programmes.
The festival is aimed at showcasing the history of the popular Rankini Temple. One of the kings belonging to the Dalbhum dynasty, Raja Jagannath had constructed the “Rankini Mandir” at Galudih. But, due to some unforeseen problems, he shifted the Rankini Mandir to Ghatshila. It is here later that he built a temple devoted to Goddess Kali which gained popularity in the region as “Rankini Mata”.
The first day of the festival witnessed performance by Prince Dance Group of Odisha, Chhau dance, Paika, Jhumar and Firkal. Popular folk singer Malini Awasthi also performed on stage on the first day.
The festival will conclude tomorrow. Officials of East Singhbhum district administration, the organiser of the event, said state food and civil supplies minister Saryu Roy will be the chief guest at the valedictory function. Jamshedpur MP Bidyut Baran Mahto will also attend the closing ceremony.