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Martyrs’ kin get pucca promise

Chief minister Hemant Soren at the launch of the foundation fortnight in Ulihatu on November 15. File photo

Dumka, Nov. 30: Chief minister Hemant Soren today announced that all houses in Ulihatu — the native village of tribal leader Birsa Munda — and Bhognadih — the birthplace of martyrs Sido and Kanhu — would have pucca structures.

He promised to provide jobs to two descendants of Sido-Kanhu in the next few days, striking a chord with tribal population in Santhal Pargana ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

The chief minister, who was on a two-day visit to Santhal Pargana, laid foundation stones online for various schemes worth Rs 239 crore for Sahebganj, Godda and Pakur districts, besides inaugurating as many as 17 schemes.

“The government has chalked out a comprehensive plan for development of Bhognadih and adjoining areas, where people had played a crucial role in the fight against the British imperialism,” said Hemant, while addressing a gathering during an event held at Bhognadih to mark the end of the state foundation fortnight.

Hemant, who was accompanied by his father and JMM chief Shibu Soren and cabinet colleagues Simon Marandi and Hazi Hussain Ansari, also inaugurated four Kasturba Gandhi Residential Schools constructed at a cost of Rs 9.97 crore.

He also distributed assets worth Rs 12 crore among 6,842 beneficiaries and handed over pattas to 57 beneficiaries.

The chief minister handed over Rs 28.11 lakh as honorarium to 390 traditional village heads and Rs 10.14 lakh to 169 beneficiaries of Mukhyamantri Laxmi Ladli Yojna.

Earlier in the day, the chief minister met descendants of martyrs Sido, Kanhu and assured them of all possible help from the government to improve their living conditions.

Hemant appeared to be taking a soft stand on the statewide bandh over a local residents’ policy that crippled transport system in the entire region today.

He told reporters that it was the right of the people to raise demands, but the way must be democratic and even promised to come up with a policy to protect the interests of the people of Jharkhand.