Ranchi, Aug. 21: Union IT minister Kapil Sibal, at a recent meeting with state chief secretary R.S. Sharma, is learnt to have lauded the Jharkhand government for using the Aadhaar-based system to clear wages to MGNREGS workers.
According to Sharma, who returned to Ranchi from the national capital on Wednesday, Sibal stressed on extensive use of Aadhaar cards, micro ATMs and such other new technologies to promote transparency and speed up payments at the meeting. “I told him that we are already doing these things and perhaps our state ranks first in taking such initiatives,” said Sharma.
The chief secretary also had detailed discussions with Planning Commission secretary Sudhashree Khullar on the current status of different schemes under plan head. The proposal to develop airports at Jamshedpur, Deoghar, Dhanbad, Hazaribagh and Bokaro was discussed.
He met Union transport, road and highways minister Oscar Fernandes. The minister was informed that though strengthening and widening of NH-23 linking Ranchi with Birmitrapur in Chhattisgrah via Gumla and NH-75 connecting Ranchi with Garhwa was set to be completed in the current fiscal itself. The original deadline was 2014-15.