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Jharkhand Cabinet Meeting: Surrendered rebels to now stay in open jails, Spl lab for Covid test, halfway homes in Jamshedpur


Lavish bungalows for cabinet ministers, World Trade Centre at Ranchi Smart City

Ranchi, Oct 21: The Jharkhand Government has decided that the ultras who have surrendered in the state will now be kept in open jail.

In the cabinet meeting which was held on Thursday the amendment in the surrender and rehabilitation policy of the government has been approved. Accordingly, this new system has been implemented while making changes.

Now those rebels who surrender will be kept in open jail after recommendation of a special screening committee following a request from  rebel.

 A total of 17 proposals have been approved in the cabinet. Along with this, the cabinet has also approved the plan to build bungalows for 11 ministers in the smart city being built in Ranchi. For this an amount of Rs 69 crore 80 lakh has been approved. Under Smart City, bungalows will be constructed in 10 acres of land.

Executed by the state urban development department, the Ranchi Smart City project is coming up on 657 acre land in the  HEC area of which about 278.52 acres of land, bifurcated into 51 plots of various dimensions, are being auctioned off in phases. State urban development department is executing this project.

The cabinet also approved around Rs 27.42 crore as the state’s  share for construction of a World Trade Centre in the Smart City. The total cost of the project will be shared with the Union government. 

An official of the state urban development department said, “The idea of a world trade centre (WTC) is to provide a one-stop platform for international business and trading opportunities for various organisations in Ranchi. As per the plan, it will house offices for exports, currency exchange centres, among others.”

The cabinet also approved a plan of the state social welfare department for setting up half-way homes exclusively for those who have  recovered from mental illness and disabilities. “In the first phase, three half-way homes with  30 beds each,  will come up in Ranchi, Dhanbad and East Singhbhum,” state cabinet secretary Vandana Dadel said.

It was also decided to free up seven iron ore mines from captive use criteria for state-owned companies and put them on auction. 

The government also fixed a minimum support price for this year’s paddy procurement at Rs 2,050 per quintal in the general grade category and Rs 2,070 for grade A category. “The paddy procurement rule has also been amended under which each farmer can sell up to 200 quintals of paddy. This is to ensure that farmers get maximum benefit of paddy procurement. A target of 8 lakh metric quintal procurement  has been fixed this year,” she said.

Permission has been given to install CCTV cameras in 24 subordinate courts of 20 districts. Approval has also been given to spend Rs 52. 43 crore on this. CCTV cameras have been installed in Ranchi, Dhanbad, Daltonganj and Chaibasa but they are yet to be installed in the rest of the districts.

This apart, nod was given for establishment of special laboratory for testing of Covid-19 in seven districts Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Bokaro, Deoghar Chaibasa, Gumla and Godda and 110 bedded ICU at RIMS, Ranchi.


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