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Shower of promises on a rainy I-Day
CM stresses tech skills in youth

Ranchi, Aug. 16: Chief minister Arjun Munda spelt out a youth-centric agenda for his government with a focus on grooming technical skills during his Independence Day address on a wet Wednesday that failed to dampen the mood of celebration at Morabadi grounds in Ranchi.

After making his way to the stage, walking up a special ramp put in place for him, Munda hoisted the Tricolour at 9.12am amid a drizzle that followed up on a downpour between 6am and 9am. Photographers scurried for cover to capture the images clearly, as the venue was completely soaked.

But a sizeable crowd had gathered as Munda inspected the parades by NCC cadets, state police, BSF and CRPF personnel along with director-general of police G.S. Rath.

The chief minister, in his speech, said all-round growth of youth would be the main focus of his government’s new policies.

Empowerment of women, generation of better employment opportunities, raising agriculture productivity, transparent governance, better infrastructure facilities and health services would also be focus areas, Munda said.

He pointed out that to generate maximum self-employment opportunities, his government was eager to set up industrial training institutes (ITI) in every sub-division and women’s ITI in each district.

The existing 10 government polytechnics and three women’s polytechnics, too, would be upgraded.

“Indigenous enterprises, indigenous technology is our new mantra. Each of our youths should have technical skills. And, we are progressing steadily on this front,” he added. Munda further said that in the previous year, Jharkhand recorded the highest agricultural growth.

Integrated agricultural development schemes would be prioritised.

The government was also ready to fight out any ill effects of delayed monsoon. With the crop insurance scheme being expanded, it promised to offer over Rs 410 crore to farmers in terms of interest-free loans and seeds at subsidised prices.

“Noted economist Amartya Sen has said that if people have the money to buy things, there will never be hunger deaths. Hence, our government is giving maximum stress on strict execution of MGNREGS projects. This year, we have created over 207 lakh man days and distributed around Rs 410 crore in terms of wages to labourers,” the chief minister added.

He also elaborated various other measures being taken by his government to fight illiteracy, improve quality of education and welfare of weaker sections, especially weavers, among others.

Munda was unwell when he had gone to hoist the flag. According to an aide, Munda skipped the party thrown yesterday by Raj Bhavan due to ill health.

At Morabadi grounds earlier, additional DGP (special branch) Rezi Dungdung was conferred the President Medal for Distinguished Services (2011) sent by the Union ministry of home affairs, apart from other policemen who were felicitated.