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‘Domicile policy boosted recruitments in J’khand’
Implementation of the much awaited domicile policy by the Government has started showing results with longstanding vacancies getting filled in the State Government, said Chief Minister (CM) Raghubar Das during a media interaction with select mediapersons here on Wednesday.
Highlighting the achievements of his Government, which will complete 1,000 days next week, Das said breaking the domicile policy’s bottleneck has borne fruits with appointments of over 67,000 employees till now, while process to recruit 50,000 more is likely to be completed in the next six months.
The CM said recruitments were stuck due to the absence of a domicile policy and filling up of the vacant posts would give a fillip to the development of the State!
The longest serving CM in one stint so far in the over 17 year old State also hinted at partial prohibition in Jharkhand. Das said neither he neither was in a haste to prohibit liquor nor advocated a blanket ban, but he would certainly try to enforce a partial prohibition gradually.
“We will not ape anyone,” Das said, adding that his Government was moving in the direction to control consumption of liquor, but any step would be initiated only after proper assessment of the ground realities and full planning. “Now the Government is running the liquor shops. The day we think it is time to close a shop, we can do it,” he said. Refuting the criticism that it was wrong by the Government to itself sell liquor, the CM said the move has already had many positive effects. The cuts and commission grabbed by the “liquor syndicate” has been curbed, he added.
The Chief Minister Health Insurance Scheme will be extended to all citizens of the State wherein they can get health insurance of Rs two lakh by paying merely Rs 500 per annum, Das said. Besides, the critical illness health insurance scheme will also be provided to Above Poverty Level (APL) people with income of upto Rs 72,000 per annum, he said.
The CM said that the government has also decided to increase the amount of critical illness health insurance to Rs 4.5 lakh. “Insurance companies of only Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) would run the health insurance schemes in the State,” he added.
The Chief Minister said the 3rd phase of Momentum Jharkhand would take place in November-December and the State expected investments to the tune of Rs 50,000 crores including Rs 6,000 crore by Vedanta that plans to set up a two and a half million tonne steel plant at Manoharpur. Other prospective investors include Ramkrishna Forging Limited that has pledged an investment of about Rs 1,000 crore, the CM said.
Claiming there was no shortage or problem of land in the State, Das said the government has arranged needed land for Adanis also, they just need to pay and take the land. The Chief Minister also assured to revise the Khas Mahal lease rent rates and to make it reasonable!
Expressing concern over Jharkhand gaining notoriety in cyber crimes, the Chief Minister said while special cyber crime police stations are being set up in all districts, his government has planned to enter into an agreement with CDAC to train and operate the anti cyber crime scheme of the state. The contract with CDAC will be for five years for which it will be been paid Rs 86 crores, he said.
Das said the State government has already launched its Jharkhand Industrial Security Force on the pattern of the CISF and the first batch has already been deployed at Tata Steel. The government would encourage the PSUs to hire the JISF instead of private security agencies’ guards, he added.
The Chief Minister highlighted an array of achievements and plans and assured that Jharkhand would majorly develop on all fronts. He said while Rs 248 crores have already been approved for repair of roads across the state, the government was also going to set up 247 power sub stations soon.
Claiming he welcomes criticism, which was a must for a democracy, the Chief Minister said no one should level baseless allegations. Concluding, Das said change may take some time, but his government was moving in the right direction, the right track.
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