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Stage set for Statehood Day in mineral-rich Jharkhand

The occasion also marks the birthday of tribal revolutionary Birsa Munda

Mail News Service

Jamshedpur, November 14:  Jharkhand will turn 22 on November 15 and the Statehood Day is expected to give a fillip to the ambition and aspiration of its populace.

The Statehood Day also marks the birthday of Birsa Munda, an Indian tribal freedom fighter, religious leader, and folk hero who belonged to the Munda tribe.

The occasion will be celebrated across Jharkhand and capital Ranchi will host the main event.

With Covid-19 a thing of the past, Jharkhand can look forward to celebrating the special day laced with the state government’s new schemes and projects. President Droupadi Murmu has skipped the Statehood Day function being hosted by the state government in Ranchi (she will head to Ulihatu village in adjoining Khunti district to pay floral tribute to Bhagwan Birsa Munda at his birthplace). However,the incumbent Hemant Soren government will leave no stone unturned to add glitz to the occasion.

The Jharkhand government has constituted  a 9-member committee for the Statehood Day at Ranchi’s Morabadi ground as the incumbent government of Soren has planned to host a gala event for the first time in its tenure.

The committee headed by cabinet secretary Vandana Dadel comprises Ranchi deputy commissioner Rahul Sinha and includes secretaries of planning  and development, water resources department, tourism, women and child development departments along with representatives from the state industries and urban development departments.

The organising-cum-coordination committee will be responsible for creating and outline of the programme to be held at Morabadi ground and make all necessary arrangements. It will also coordinate with government departments to finalise the inauguration and launch of new schemes, projects and cultural programmes which will be staged to mark the Statehood Day.

Significantly, the Soren government, which assumed office in 2019 was forced to host muted Statehood Day in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While the chief minister launched a few new schemes last year, the gala public functions, which have become the hallmark of the Statehood Day celebrations for several years, were a closed-door affair with the entry of the general public banned in view of the pandemic. November 15, which also marks the birthday of revolutionary Birsa Munda, was announced Janjatiya Gaurav by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Thirty six policemen and police officers will be handed over police medals during the Statehood Day function in Ranchi. They have been selected by the screening committee at police headquarters and names of the cops have been recommended to the state government. The police officers include IG (CID) Aseem Vikrant Minz, Hazaribagh DIG Narendra Kumar Singh and his Ranchi range counterpart Anish Gupta who will receive medals for meritorious service.

Jharkhand was carved out of 18 districts of Bihar in the year 2000 on November 15. Later, six more districts were carved out by reorganizing the existing districts. The 23rd and 24th districts, Khunti and Ramgarh, came into existence on September 12, in the year 2007.

Apart from being rich in coal, the state also accounts for at least 40 per cent of India’s mineral resources. The State is also known for its beautiful waterfalls, lush green forests such as Saranda, which is the largest Sal forest in Asia, temples such as Jagannath Temple, Baidyanath Dham etc, Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary and Betla National Park, which has the distinction of being one of India’s earliest tiger reserves (1974), Betla features luxuriant tropical forest cover and a rich variety of fauna.

Jharkhand shares its border with states of Bihar to the north, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh to the west, Odisha to the south and West Bengal to the east.

Jharkhand has witnessed political turmoil after it became a separate state. The wheel of politics has majorly revolved around BJP, JMM and Congress. The state also witnessed 11 changes in governance, besides going through President’s rule thrice. However, Jharkhand seems to have made little headway when it comes to safety, security and well being of its people.

A lot needs to be done before Jharkhand can be termed as a developed state.

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