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Govt jobs, pension for statehood activists

Ranchi, March 24: The cabinet today announced a number of benefits for those who took part in the statehood movement, including government jobs for the next of kin of those killed in the 25-year-long agitation for a separate Jharkhand, the demand for which peaked in the ’80s.

After a cabinet meet chaired by chief minister Arjun Munda, the government also announced a monthly stipend for “andolankari (revolutionaries)” who had served jail terms during the agitation and preference in government jobs for others.

“A relative of a martyr of the Jharkhand statehood movement would be entitled to a third or fourth grade government job. Those who served over six months in jail, would get a monthly stipend of Rs 5,000 while those who served less than six months would get Rs 3,000 per month,” cabinet secretary Aditya Swaroop said.

He explained that a martyr’s relative would constitute his widow, son, unmarried daughter, or the widow of a late son, and grandsons and grand-daughters.

A pension provision was also announced for those who took part in the movement. A BPL andolankari would also be entitled to medical benefits of Rs 30,000 in a reputed hospital.

Swaroop said the state government would constitute a committee under the chairmanship of a retired judge to identify an andolankari.

In another important decision, the cabinet also resolved to increase the honorarium for those associated with execution of work under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).

While, a block programme officer would now get a monthly consolidated honorarium of Rs 12,000 (instead of the earlier Rs 8,000), a senior technical assistant would now get Rs 12,000 (Rs 8,000). Computer assistants and accounts assistants would now get Rs 8,000 (Rs 7,500). Junior technical assistants would get Rs 9,000 (Rs 5,000) and a gram rozgar sevak would now get Rs 5,000 (Rs 3,500).

Water scheme: The state cabinet agreed to take a loan of Rs 50 crore from Housing and Urban Development Corporation (Hudco) to meet the state’s share in the ongoing Ranchi Water Supply Scheme, a Rs 288 crore JNNURM project.

Cop sacked: The chief minister okayed the dismissal of IPS P.S. Natrajan for his role in a sex scandal that rocked the state in 2005 after a television sting.

The 1975 batch IPS officer of inspector-general rank was under suspension since then.

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