The State Government on Wednesday celebrated Jharkhand Day at the Jharkhand pavilion of the ongoing India International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. The speakers at the fair threw light on the State's nature and rich tribal culture. The speakers said that the social environment, living style, and folk culture of the State are incomparable. Folk artists from the State also displayed the folk culture of Jharkhand.
On the occasion, Jharkhand's Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation Mithilesh Kumar Thakur, Labour, Planning, Training and Skill Development Minister Satyanand Bhokta, Jharkhand Government's regional Commissioner Mast Ram Meena, Industries and Mines and Geology Department Secretary, Pooja Singhal, Secretary, Rural Development Department, Manish Ranjan, Secretary Information and Technology and E-Governance Kripanand Jha, Director SUDA Amit Kumar, Director Silk Divyanshu Jha, Managing Director Jharcraft Akanksha Ranjan, Managing Director Jharkhand Tourism Development Corporation R Ronita, Managing Director JSLPS Nancy Sahay along with other senior officials were present.
The programme started with speakers paying tributes to tribal freedom fighter Dharti Aaba Bhagwan Birsa Munda, followed by the guests visiting the state's pavilion at the trade fair. Appreciating the folk artists skill and work the Minister Mithilesh Thakur said that trade fair is a good platform to showcase the development taking place in the state.
He said that Jharkhand state is the land of Lord Birsa Munda, Sidho-Kanhu and other brave sons, who played an important role in India's freedom struggle. The state of Jharkhand is full of culture, tourism, art, minerals in all respects. We have 40 per cent of the total mineral wealth of the country, in which iron, gold, mica, uranium etc. are in abundance.
The minister also threw light on State’s religious places such as Baba Baidyanath Dham, Rajrappa Temple, Itkhori Temple, Maluti Temple etc among other pilgrimage sites. The minister also said that as part of tourism destinations, there is immense potential in Jharkhand, such as Betla National Park, Netarhat, Hazaribagh as centres of attraction for tourists.
The new industrial policy of the Industries Department of the state is going to prove to be a milestone for micro, small and heavy industries. Jharkhand is also making a lot of progress in the field of sports, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Deepika Kumari, Nikki Pradhan and Salima Tete, who had shown their talent in the just held Olympics, are a source of inspiration for generations.
Secretary, Industries Department and Mines and Geology Department, Pooja Singhal said that Jharkhand is rich in religious places, tourism destinations and there is abundance of mines and minerals. The Industries Department of the state has formulated a new industrial policy to promote industries, which will encourage all industries. In this policy, our Chief Minister has specially made a Rural Industrial Policy for the development of the villagers, so that the people living in rural areas would be provided incentives to set up industries. She further said that Jharkhand is a state of diversity. Its natural beauty is unique, which makes the state the best from the point of view of tourism. The tourism department is running eco-tourism, rural tourism, adventure tourism etc. to make it more meaningful.
On Jharkhand State Day, Chhau dance by Prabhat Kumar Mahato of Jharkhand, Paika dance by Ashok Kachhap, Oron dance by Jhinga Bhagat Manoranjan Kala Sangam, Mundri dance by RR Mehta, Nagpuri dance by Jhinga Bhagat and Santhali dance by Babita Murmu was attraction for visitors.