Chief minister Arjun Munda takes a look at bicycles to be distributed to students during Vikas Mela on Jamshedpur Co-operative College campus on Wednesday.
Munda also inaugurated online 77 development projects, estimated at Rs 18.19 crore at the daylong fair. He visited stalls put up by various banks, the agriculture department and around 13 women SHGs.
“The SHGs and anganwadi sevikas have a crucial role in taking government schemes to women at the grassroots. The objective of organising such a mela is to encourage women to approach banks and avail of loans to become self-dependent,” he said. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Jamshedpur, Oct. 17: Chief minister Arun Munda today said he would activate the government machinery to ensure that benefits of the development process were visible at the grassroots.
Addressing a news meet at Circuit House following a meeting with secretaries of various departments on Day 2 of his Johar Yatra, Munda said similar district-level review with elected bodies would be conducted to inspect the progress of development schemes.
“Data on mortality rate of children, lacunae in implementation of the rural employment scheme, MGNREGS, old-age pension, social security, drinking water and sanitation problems and irrigation, et al will be assessed and reviewed and steps will be taken to reach out to people,” he added.
Munda said he would take feedback on progress in development schemes from district-level elected bodies and get it cross-checked by the administration. This, he added, would help in overcoming the shortcomings in implementation of development schemes so that the grievances of villagers could be addressed effectively.
He stressed that the government would keep track of development schemes being run at various levels, including panchayats, to enforce proper co-ordination.
Munda admitted that though Jharkhand was aiming at becoming a power-surplus in five years, it continued to face problems over transmission and supply, especially in rural areas.
“We will ensure that power supply across the state is strengthened and for this, the supply wing of the state power board has to be made effective,” he said.
Secretaries L. Khiangte (welfare department), Ajay Kumar Singh (food and civil supply) and Avinash Kumar (planning), who is also the Kolhan commissioner, and joint commissioner (sales tax) Ranjan Kumar Sinha were present at the review meeting chaired by the chief minister.
Besides, East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Himani Pande, deputy development commissioner Dadan Chowbey, additional deputy commissioner Ganesh Kumar and divisional forest officer (Dhalbhum) Karma Bhutia were also present at the meeting.
Earlier, addressing BJP workers during a meeting held at Sidhgora Town Hall this morning, Munda asked the partymen to act as whistleblowers if they notice any instance of corruption in implementation of government schemes in their areas.
“After the helicopter mishap, I have taken a pledge to usher in development at the ground level and ensure that the state’s progress is accorded topmost priority. This can happen if each and everyone of us are serious in ensuring that people benefit from government schemes,” he said.