Saturday, December 9, 2023

Amendments in land laws toughest challenge so far: Raghubar Das

Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today said that making amendments in the Chhota Nagpur Tenancy (CNT) Act and the Santhal Pargana Tenancy (SPT) Act was a very ‘big decision’ by his government which would open the doors of opportunities for the tribals of the state.

He also said that not a single allegation of corruption was leveled against his government which he counted as his biggest achievement.

Addressing a press conference organised to mark the completion of two years by the BJP-led government in the state, the CM said the amendments in local land laws would change the economical conditions of the tribals and the rayats. He asked whether the tribals were only born to work as labourers or do petty jobs.

“Why cannot the children of a tribal go on to become an entrepreneur or an industrialist. The Opposition should not engage itself over petty politics on the issues related to development and welfare of the tribal people of the state.

Certain political parties have long based their politics in the name of Jharkhand and the tribals have gone on to acquires large chunks of land and make so much of money. No noise is heard when a corrupt tribal leader makes other tribals displaced and strict action would be taken against the culprits in violation of CNT/SPT Acts,� said the CM.

Das broke down during the conference and appealed to the people to give forgiveness for any wrong doing in the past two years.

To another query, Das said it was his government which for the first time took care of the Primitive Tribes by forming an authority headed by the chief secretary. “Not only they were provided monthly pension but were also provided 35 kilograms of food-grains at Rs 1 per kilograms and in the next budget they would get the food-grains free,” the CM said adding that more 900 youth belonging to the community would be selected for the two primitive tribe battalions.

Replying to a query for non-functioning of the newly built building of Sadar hospital Ranchi, he said that the government was in talks with a Singapore based firm and a Delhi based hospital chain to handover the operations of Sadar hospital.

However, he announced that the women and the child wing would be shifted from RIMS to Sadar Hospital.

The CM said that traffic jams in Ranchi was a very big issue and the soon the government would be re-issuing the tender process for building flyovers in the capital. He added that the government was also exploring treatment of sewage water so that at least 60 per cent can be used in household while remaining be supplied to industrial and agriculture sectors.

On the occasion, the CM also announced that a Shourya Smarak would set with an investment of Rs 106 crore and added that agriculture, IT, industry, tourism, medical and automobile were key focus areas for his government. He further said that the murder and rape of an engineering student in Booty Basti of Ranchi was a blot and was hopeful that the state police would be bring out the real criminals in the next 2 to 3 days. He said that effective steps are also being taken to check migration and human trafficking.

Das said the state has so far received investment proposals worth Rs 44,309 crore out of which Rs 21,000 was alone in food processing sector. He said the state government had also announced a bonus of Rs 130 on the MSP of paddy and has asked the farmers to get their online registration done and new centers would be opened for paddy procurement in the state.

Speaking on plans for media personnel, the CM said that options would be explored to give them land for building homes.

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