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Jharkhand’s GDP growth rate above national average: Raghubar

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Ranchi, April 23: In the third meeting of governing council of NITI Aayog, Chief Minister Raghubar Das thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his initiative to implement the policy of Cooperative Federalism which gave a new direction to the state and the nation.

He said Jharkhand is using the funds wisely given by the centre.

“The state has prepared Vision Document and sent to NITI Aayog. The Vision Document underlines and maps the development of the state for the next 15 years including poverty elimination, skill development and employment, improvement in the standard of education, increasing the farmers’ income two fold, water conservation, energy for all, wide sanitation and drinking water availability, plans for marginalized class and areas etc. have been considered.

The state presented the 2017-18 Budget on 23rd January, 2017 and approximately 40,000 cr. schemes were approved before commencement of the FY. These schemes are being implemented from 1st April, 2017 which started with distribution of 1 lakh smart phones to sakhi Mandals by the PM,” the CM said at the meeting.

Das said the GDP growth rate during the FY 2016-17 has been 12.1 per cent which is more than the national average. “In order to increase per capita income from Rs. 62,816, the government has focused on poor welfare. Hence silk, lac, steel and cottage industries are being developed. 1.30 lakh mahila mandals have been formed for production and marketing of things. We have approved 3 milk chilling points each having the capacity of 5,000 liters. One of them was inaugurated by the Prime Minister,” said the CM.

The CM said that a single window system has been established in all blocks for the farmers where the farmers are getting technical inputs. Agriculture equipment bank is being established to provide the farmers equipments at cheap rate.

At the same time, the govt. is trying to establish an agriculture science center in every circle. One cold storage is being established in every district. In the last two years, 2,000 ponds are deepened and 6 lakh pond farms have been dug. 30 irrigation schemes are being rejuvenated with the expenditure of Rs. 263 crore.

In the last two years, the govt. has approved 34 schemes of 1,197 cr. to irrigate 63,550 hectare land. DPR has been made for the remaining 20 schemes which will be approved by 31st May. The government has also approved the construction of 1336 check dams with the expense of Rs. 1,000 crore.

The CM said that Jharkhand has started exporting fish and in the next 4 years, it will be one of the main exporters. He said the government has reserved 33 per cent posts for women in police. From 2017-18, bus services will be started in all women colleges.

As many as 57 new Kasturba Gandhi schools have been opened and schemes like Mukhya Mantri Lakshmi Ladli Yojana and Mukhya Mantri Vidya Lakshmi Yojana are being run to promote girls’ education. At least 1 women college will be ensured in every district of the state. In 17 districts, women’s college will be opened this year. Tejeshwini Yojana is being run for the girls between 12-24, said Das.

Das said that making the youth skilled is the government’s priority. Hence skill development and tracking for the employment of the students studying in different colleges is the government’s priority. A mega skill centre has been provisioned in all the districts of the state.

Commercial motor training centers are being established with the help of NSDC. Nearly 5 lakh youths will be trained every year by Oracle, Sysco, Simmons and HP.

Referring to Swaksha Bharat Mission, the CM said that 1 district, 4 municipal bodies, 22 blocks, 694 panchayats and 3,945 revenue villages have been made ODF. He requested for funds from Swaksha Bharat Bank for fast and timely completion of the target. He said that basic infrastructure like electricity, water, road etc. are the government’s priority. The government is working to provide electricity to every house round the clock.

New power sub-grid station and transmission lines are in progress with the help of Power grid Corporation of India. After its completion, electricity can be supplied round the clock. Apart from NRBWP or NNP, a big fund and District Mineral Fund are being used to provide 50 per cent rural people pipeline drinking water. Drinking Water schemes of Rs. 8500 crore are being prepared with the help of World bank.

Thanking the PM, the CM said that the multi model transport hub scheme will influence the eastern hub widely. He said that 1733 km roads have been connected with secondary network. In the next 3 years, 2200 km roads will be connected with secondary network.

He said that 200 necessary services have been brought under Service Guarantee Act. Pragya Kendras have been established throughout the state. He said that 97.62 lakh Jan Dhan accounts have been opened and 14.26 lakh KCC cards have been issued.

The CM said that all 23000 PDS have been installed with PoS machine and after ensuring Aadhar connection, beneficiaries are being given food grain.

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