Ranchi, Oct. 31: Chief minister Hemant Soren today kept General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC), South Western Command, Lieutenant General Gyan Bhushan waiting for around an hour at the Jharkhand War Memorial.
The army had organised a special ceremony in honour of the GOC, who was on an official visit to the state, and the chief minister was to pay his tributes to brave soldiers, who had laid their lives fighting for the nation.
The programme was due to begin at 10.30 am. However, the chief minister started off from his residence around 11.05am even as Lt Gen Bhushan and other senior officers were waiting to greet him.
Hemant reached the venue around 11.15am. After paying floral tributes at the War Memorial, he went straight to the museum, but came out quickly. He also wrote his remarks in a visitors’ book.
Finally, he encountered mediapersons. When asked about the reason for keeping the GOC waiting under the sun for an hour, Hemant said, “Being a public representative, I have to dispose of several important work related to welfare of the poor.”
Talking about the memorial, the chief minister said, “It is heartening to see the War Memorial. A light and sound show will begin here soon. There will be no entry fee, so people can come and enjoy it.”
Talking to The Telegraph, the GOC said welfare of retired personnel and their families topped his priority list.
He added that special drives had been initiated to settle disputes over post-retirement benefits. Moreover, new polyclinics for retired personnel will come up in Chaibasa and Dhanbad soon.
The chief minister will embark on a 14-day state tour on Jharkhand’s Foundation Day on November 15 to see for himself if benefits of different welfare schemes are reaching the targeted groups.
Today, Hemant held separate meetings with his ministerial colleagues and senior officials to review preparations for the foundation day celebrations.