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Munda’s tips for Hemant

Ranchi, Dec. 5: Former chief minister and Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Arjun Munda today wrote a letter to chief minister Hemant Soren, suggesting him ways to steer the state towards prosperity.

Munda cited steps that were initiated by the previous BJP government and advised his former deputy to carry forward those initiatives in larger public interest.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Munda said, “I have been observing the style of functioning of this government for the past four months. It lacks both vision and direction. So I think it should simply carry forward welfare and development schemes initiated by the previous government. Further, I love him (Hemant) as my own younger brother, so I gave him some advice.”

In his letter, Munda first emphasised on strengthening panchayati raj bodies, paving the way for women’s empowerment. “The panchayat elections in the state were held in 2010, after a gap of 32 years. And, 57 per cent of the elected representatives were women as the state government had reserved 50 per cent seats for them. Now, the state government should give them their due rights,” Munda wrote in his letter.

The BJP leader said his government had always fought to secure the state’s share from the Centre and opposed any move to link mineral output with the state’s gross domestic product. Munda urged Hemant government to continue the fight to protect state’s interests.

Also, he stressed the need for setting up of check posts on interstate borders at the earliest.

This apart, the former chief minister focussed on employment generation and urged the present government to strictly execute skill development programmes for youths during the 2013-14 fiscal observed as the year of youths.

“Sharing assets and liabilities with Bihar should be given careful attention. At an all-party meeting, my government had said that pension liabilities would be an unbearable burden on Jharkhand. The issue needs to be taken up seriously with the Centre,” he added.

Besides, Munda advised his former colleague to speed up work on roads, electrification and water supply lines in rural areas.

Welfare of silk producers and weavers was another major area of concern.