Ranchi, Aug 16: Chief Minister Raghubar Das called upon all sections of the society to work together for Jharkhand’s speedy development.
Unfurling the Tricolour here on the 71st Independence Day, he
said people working in democratic institutions, NGOs, farmers, traders, social workers, litterateurs and people in art and media should work together to take the state forward.
“Any goal could be reached with commitment and honesty. The state has huge potential. Jharkhand is neither in dearth of resources nor talent,” said the CM, adding further that the state is observing Pundit Deendayal Upadhyay’s centenary year as Garib Kalyan Varsh.
The CM said that over half of the problems in the state would be over with proper development of agriculture and industry, and the state government is focusing on these two sectors.
Irrigation facilities are being expanded and utilization of rain water is being ensured through construction of small and big and small ponds, he said.
Das said a single window for farmers of the state has been set up in all the 279 blocks and a ‘Kisan helpline’ has been formed to solve a farmer’s problem within three days.
Stating that the state also has potential in herbal and vegetables, he said a fruit and vegetable processing plant has been set up at Nagri near here. On the industrial front, Das said the government has come up with good policies and the focus is on big, small and medium industries.
Industrial expansion is important since it would not only generate employment but also strengthen the state economically, he said.
Focus is also on handicraft, automobile, handloom, IT, cement, electrical, rubber, khadi and textile industries, the chief minister said.
So long women are not empowered socially, economically and politically, the dream of making Jharkhand a developed state would not materialise. The government has taken a number of steps to strengthen women through Sakhi Mandals.
The government is also working in imparting skill development of the youth. By 2022, the government is determined to provide clean drinking water in every city and village. Also, books in Odiya, Bengali, Ho, Santhali, Mundari, Khadia and Kudukh languages are being distributed among students.
Work was on to provide bench-desk and electricity to schools by March 2018. The chief minister said that extremist-related incidents had reduced compared to last year,” said the CM.