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Cabinet secy’s tour on Friday

Ranchi, Feb. 6: A high-level team from Delhi led by Union cabinet secretary Ajit Kumar Seth is scheduled to visit Ranchi for a day on Friday for a holistic view on the state of affairs in Jharkhand with implementation of central schemes and the security situation topping his review agenda.

Seth — it will be his maiden visit to Jharkhand as cabinet secretary — will be accompanied by Union planning secretary S. Khullar, defence secretary S.K. Sharma, energy secretary P. Umashankar and home secretary R.K. Singh.

Union secretaries of coal, mines, health, agriculture forest and environment, human resources development, rural development, urban development, agriculture, food and civil supplies ministries and chiefs of Railway Board and Technical Research Organisation (under the national security adviser) will also be taking part in the daylong deliberations at Indian Institute of Coal Management conference hall.

Today, advisers Madhukar Gupta and K. Vijay Kumar called on Governor Syed Ahmed to apparently discuss preparations for the meeting. Yesterday, they met with the senior officials including secretaries and deputy commissioners and asked them for updated reports on their departments.

“We have almost completed preparations. Wide-ranging issues involving integrated growth of the state will be discussed extensively,” said chief secretary S.K. Choudhary.

According to a senior official of the state cabinet coordination committee, Seth and his 20-member entourage will be reaching here by a defence ministry aircraft at 8 am. They will be returning in the evening. “If the Railway Board chairman is unable to come, he will be represented by a member of his board,” the official clarified.