Ranchi, Feb. 18: Governor Syed Ahmed today approved his advisory councilís decision recommending 50 new courts across the state for speedy disposal of wide-ranging cases pending with the judiciary.
Senior judicial officers of district judge rank will head 17 new courts, while senior civil judges will head 10 such courts. Twenty-three courts will be under the jurisdiction of subordinate judges.
The governorís advisory council meeting had taken the decision during a meeting last Tuesday.
The services of 27 assistant engineers, who were earlier working with the road construction department on ad-hoc basis, have been reinstated in accordance with an order recently passed by the Supreme Court. The grade pay of Group D employees, too, has been revised.
The advisory council also approved the rehabilitation and resettlement policy proposed by National Thermal Power Corporation. People displaced by NTPCís Pakri-Barwadih coal mining project will be compensated on annuity basis. Those who have lost up to one-acre land will be given Rs 3,000 per month and those who given over one-acre plots will be paid Rs 3,600 per annum for 30 years.
Those who have lost houses will be provided accommodation; Rs 35,000 will be made available for cattle-shed and Rs 15,000 will be available for household transfer effects.
ďAround 1,068 people have been affected by land acquisition. Another 7,271 persons have been affected by Coal Bearing Act,Ē said cabinet co-ordination departmentís principal secretary N.N. Pandey.
The Indian Institute of Natural Resin and Gum, popularly known as Lac Research Institute, will be given 49.19 acres free of cost in Khunti for developing an agriculture research centre.
For the smooth functioning of the Jharkhand State Child Rights Protection Commission 10 posts of officials of different ranks have been sanctioned. Pandey maintained that annual expenses to the tune of Rs 38.50 lakh would be incurred under this head.
The governor today also held a meeting with his advisers Madhukar Gupta and K. Vijay Kumar and chief secretary S.K. Choudhary and asked them to ensure result-oriented execution of welfare and development schemes.
The governor expressed concern at poor utilisation of funds, especially neglect of Centre-sponsored schemes.
Insiders added the governor also stressed the need to inculcate a sense of safety among the masses, though he felt a recent instance of social tension in Chatra was the outcome of lapses on the part of the administration.