Ranchi, July 29: Chief Minister of Jharkhand Raghubar Das inaugurated a three-day International Conference on “Inclusive and Sustainable Development in Jharkhand: Opportunities and Challenges”, at Viswa Complex Ranchi on Friday.
During his inaugural speech, Raghubar Das said that since independence, there has been a focus on industrialization, which led to neglect of other sectors. He said that there is a huge scope for tourism in this state. “We are working on developing that.
According to him, maximum employment can be created in agriculture sector. We are an agricultural nation, yet villages lack amenities and infrastructure,” adding, “The Jharkhand government is giving priority to agricultural development.”
CM further said, “While making policies GOJ is keeping in mind the existing culture and natural resources of the state. The Yojana Banao Abhiyaan is an example of this effort.
Under this program, we constructed a number of farm ponds and check dams to help recharge of ground water, improve access to water and hence improve agriculture.” Das said, “Lack of irrigation is a big reason of migration from the state. Improvement in irrigation through micro irrigation and water conservation programs will help to prevent this migration.”
During his speech CM gave several examples of innovative steps that the government has taken to ensure the participation of the poor in the state’s development. He said- the government has decided that blankets for poor homeless will be made by women of SHGs.
Further, there will be no tenders for blankets, bed sheets etc. in hospitals. They will have to procure above items from GOJ through self-help groups. School uniforms would also be procured through women self-help groups, benches and desks in schools would be made by local carpenters, who can make it half the cost of large corporates.
CM opined that Jharkhand can become one of the most prosperous states in the country if we can change our mind sets. The government, he said, is committed to protect and preserve the “Jal, Jangal, Jameen.” Jal is preserved through programs such as the Yojana Banao Abhiyaan, which focuses on construction of local water conservation and harvesting infrastructure.
Jangal is protected through extensive tree plantation campaigns and ensuring participation of all people. Jameen protected via amendments in CNT Act and SPT Act which allow tribal people to give their land to the government for the creation of public infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, canals, dams etc. which would benefit the tribals themselves – both, through higher compensation amounts and through local development.
CM thanked IHD for organizing the conference and said many more such conferences should be held because they help to educate people about what is good and what is bad for them so that they are not swayed by greedy and self-serving politicians.
He assured that GOJ is committed to stop corruption and ensure that local resources would be used to improve the lives of local people.
Professor Alakh Narayan Sharma from The Institute for Human Development, New Delhi said-“After the formation as a new state in 2000, the state of Jharkhand has performed well on several fronts, both in economic and social spheres.
However, the new state government is taking several effective steps to put the state on the path of inclusive development.
This conference will deliberate some of the critical challenges in this regard and will contribute to the knowledge base on development issues of Jharkhand as well as will provide inputs to the government in formulating appropriate policies.
On the occasion of the 10th year of its establishment The Eastern Regional Centre, Ranchi of The Institute for Human Development (IHD) organized this three-day International Conference in collaboration with Sidho Kanhu University, Ranchi University and Prabhat Khabar (the Hindi Newspaper) with support from the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and International Labour Organisation (ILO).
The conference covers 12 core themes. These are, Development Challenges; Development and Disparities; Rural-urban Linkages and Urban Development; Vulnerable Groups: Women and Tribals; Environment and Natural Resource Management; Livelihoods and Employment; Skills and Entrepreneurship; Education and Capability; Health Care; Food Security and Nutrition; Social Policies for Inclusive Development and Governance and Institutions.
According to one of the conference coordinators, Anjor Bhaskar, the deliberations will help to better understand these challenges and pathways for overcoming these challenges to put the state on a path of development which includes all people and respects the local culture and ecology.
Renowned academicians, government officials and various other dignitaries are gracing the event. These include Professor Abhijit Sen, former Member, Planning Commission, Professor S.R. Hashim, Chairman, IHD, former Chairman, Union Public Service Chairman, Dr. Mahendra Dev, Director and Vice-Chancellor, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, internationally known urban development expert, Professor Amitabh Kundu, Visiting Professor, IHD and Former Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Dr. Maitreyi Das, Global Lead, Social Inclusion.
The World Bank, Washington DC, Dr. Sonalde Desai, Professor, Maryland University, USA, Dr. Shaibal Gupta, member secretary, Asian Development Research Institute, Patna, Dr. Sarthi Acharya, Hon. Professor, Institute of Develoment Studies, Jaipur, formerly Chief Technical Advisor, UNDP, East Asia, Dr. V. Gayathri, CEO, Labour Net, Bangalore. The Conference spans over three days with paper presentations, panel discussions and vibrant deliberations.