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Coal India owes Rs 1.50 lakh Cr, while Centre government deducts Jharkhand money: Hemant Soren

Ranchi, September 9:Chief Minister Hemant Soren in his closing speech on the concluding day of the monsoon session of Jharkhand assembly lambasted the Central government PSUs for ignoring state rights.

“The government owes about Rs 1.50 lakh crore to Coal India. But till now the government has got only 300 crores from the central government in arrears. If the main opposition BJP cooperates, then the government will stop the work of Coal India Limited works running in the state if the dues are not received. The Coal India is not listening to the repeated requests of the state government for payment of outstanding dues,” said Soren in response to the question raised BJP MLA Dhullu Mahto during non-resolution over prohibiting Coal India from taking lands of raiyyats for mining without paying compensation.

Soren expressed his commitment to make the state self-reliant in the house which was adjourned sine die after clearing as many as eight bills and paving the path of ending the deadlock over the allotment of a room for offering Namaz in the assembly premises.

In his speech, Soren underlined the importance of being self-reliant saying it was the need of hour observing the attitude of the union government towards the states.

He presented a recent example of withdrawal of Rs 714 crore from the state’s RBI account saying the union government which owes in tunes of several lakh crores of the state against land compensation and GST compensation besides others withdrew money from the RBI account of a backward state on the basis of a single agreement.

Sharing his initiatives and plan to make the state self-reliant, chief minister Soren said that the state has constituted Sido Kanhu Forest Van Utpad Mahasangh as it believes that forest products can help a lot to make the state self-reliant. He said that the state is already performing well in the field of silk and lac production.

Soren said that the state is constructing 100 Kisan Pathshalas and planning to add new dimensions in the field of agricultural management.

Talking about generating possibilities in the field of power production he said the state has planned a solar park in Giridih and floating solar park in Ranchi. He said that recently a power sub-station was inaugurated in Garhwa.

Mentioning his achievement in the field of industrial development to make the state self-reliant, he said recently the state during an investors meet paved the path of Rs 10000 crore investment in coming three years in the state. He added that the investment will ensure 20000 direct and 1 lakh indirect jobs.

The chief minister during his speech justified the promotion of local languages in recruitment policy saying it will help bridge the communication gap between villagers and government officials and thus pave the path of development. He said if proper attention is not paid to local languages it will vanish like tribals.

Talking about social welfare, he said recently the government helped 12,000 tribal women get rid of their profession of selling ‘Hadia’, a local liquor, and brought them into the mainstream of the society. He said 5 lakh new farmers will be benefitted from Kisan Credit Card.

Expressing his commitment to promote sports, he said his government has given direct employment to 39 players and the practice will continue in the future.

Soren during his speech also admitted corruption in the state saying the system can not change overnight. The situation came when he was talking about the steps taken for malnutrition among children saying he has provided eggs for children six days a week.

Earlier, Soren condemned the BJP for its behaviour in the house and wasting time in discussing communal issues. He praised the speaker for running the house properly.

Earlier, the House passed four bills. The bills include Jharkhand State Open University Bill 2021, Jharkhand Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill 2021, Jharkhand State Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (Amendment) Bill 2021, and Finance Bill- 2021.

Before the Jharkhand State Open University Bill 2021 was passed, CPI-ML legislator Vinod Singh suggested sending it to the select committee for its enrichment in the larger interest of the people but the same was not allowed.

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