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CM assigns ‘new life’ to welfare

- On Johar Yatra, Munda visits home; opens rural skill centre

Aapka ashish

Bhagwan ki marji

Nai zindagi hai

Jharkhand ko samarpit

These words on giant billboards across Jamshedpur couldn’t have been more apt on a day the chief minister returned to his ancestral home for the first time since his May 9 chopper crash.

“Divine power tha ki main aaj yahan apke beech mein hun. Ab state ke liye sab kuch dena hai (It is divine power that I am standing amongst you. Now, I have to dedicate myself for the welfare of the state),” Arjun Munda reiterated on being welcomed at the Bistupur end of the old Kharkai bridge late on Tuesday afternoon.

Munda — who started a ‘Johar Yatra’ from Tuesday to review welfare projects in the four districts of Seraikela-Kharsawan, East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Khunti — first reached Gamharia via Chandil and Kandra to launch a unit of the Adhunik Thermal Power Plant.

The VIP motorcade reached the steel city at 4pm. After a brief rest at Circuit House, the CM headed for Dhanchatani, some 25km from the city, in Govindpur block. He inaugurated the state’s second Gurukul — a rural skills development centre run by former IITians, who call themselves Parfi or Pan-IIT Alumni Reach For India, and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

The first centre is already operational in Gumla.

Speaking on the occasion, Munda said talks were on with Parfi and CII for setting up similar skill development centres at all the 24 districts.

“After setting up of these centres, it will be the duty of panchayat representatives to identify school dropouts for training,” he added.

Industrialist and CII’s state vice-chairman S.K. Behera said Gurukuls were in the pipeline in Ranchi and Chaibasa this fiscal.

On the other hand, welding and fabrication classes are commencing at the Dhanchatani centre from Wednesday. As many as 32 students, all school dropouts and hailing from lower-income group families, are on the Gurukul rolls.

After an eventful day, Munda visited his ancestral house at Ghorabandha, where he joined mother Saira Munda in Durga Puja rituals in the evening.

At an informal meeting with mediapersons at the Ghorabandha forest guest house later, he said he would focus on social security and implementation of development schemes in the four districts. Munda then returned to Circuit House to meet some senior citizens.

The chief minister will attend a BJP meeting at Sidhgora Town Hall on Wednesday and visit the Vikas Mela on Jamshedpur Co-operative College campus to distribute government benefits.

He is scheduled to leave for Seraikela by road for another party meeting and will review various welfare schemes in the region till October 20.