Prime Minister Narendra Modi will land at the Birsa Munda Airport at around 11am on Thursday and go straight to the new Vidhan Sabha building for inaugurating the new State Assembly building. Later in the day, he will also inaugurate the much talked about Multi-Modal Vessel Terminal in Sahebganj and lay the foundation for the new Secretariat in Ranchi.
The construction of Jharkhand’s new Vidhan Sabha building started in 2016 at a cost of Rs 465 crore. The campus, spread over 39 acres of land, is said to be equipped with all modern facilities. Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Wednesday inspected the arrangements at the new State Assembly and Prabhat Tara Ground. According to a press communiqué released by the Press Information Bureau (PIB), Modi will also launch Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana (KMDY) from Ranchi’s Prabhat Tara Ground on Thursday. The scheme is aimed at securing the lives of nearly five crore farmers by providing a pension of Rs.3000 per month to those who attain the age of 60 years.
The Centre plans to spend Rs 10,774 crore in the scheme over the next three years. “All marginal farmers in the age bracket of 18 to 40 years can apply for the scheme,” said the communiqué from PIB. This is the second welfare scheme of the Centre that Modi will launch from Jharkhand during his term as the Prime Minister. In 2018, he launched the Ayushman Bharat Yojana from Santhal Pargana in Jharkhand.
In five years and 100 days of Modi Government at the Centre the Prime Minister has paid 12 visits to Jharkhand. It is the highest compared to any other Prime Ministers, claims Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The Multi-Modal Terminal in Sahebganj, to be inaugurated on Thursday, is likely to add a fillip to Jharkhand’s pro-industries approach. Worth Rs.290 crore, this will be the second Multi-Modal Terminal of the country.
The terminal, according to the Government, will provide Indo-Nepal cargo connectivity and help in export and import of commodities through waterways. The ambitious project is also aimed at generating employment and bringing development in Santhal Pargana, a tribal-dominated area which has been battling underdevelopment and backwardness since years.
On Thursday, Modi will also inaugurate 400 Ekalavya residential schools, aimed at providing quality education to Scheduled Tribe students of tribal-dominated areas, the PIB’s statement said.
The schools will only be opened in blocks that have a tribal population of at least 20,000. They will provide education to tribal students of Class VI to Class XII. Around Rs 10,000 crore will be spent in construction of these schools, sources said.