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CM promises local policy in 3 months

Ranchi, Dec. 16: The state government will formulate a local residents’ policy within the next three months to protect interests of “natives” of Jharkhand.

Also, police stations across Jharkhand will soon have lady officers to deal with cases related to atrocities on women.

Chief minister Hemant Soren today informed the Assembly that a local residents’ policy figured prominently in the common minimum programme of the government.

“Our government is committed to safeguarding interests of every section of the society. We are carefully working on the issue,” Hemant said in response to a question raised by BJP MLA Raghuvar Das during the question hour.

The chief minister, however, did not elaborate on salient features of the proposed policy like the cut-off date etc.

While commiserating the one year of the Delhi gang-rape that shocked the collective conscience of the nation, CPI(ML) (Liberation) member Vinod Kumar raised the demand for lady officers at police stations to tackle crime against women.

On this, the chief minister said the government had been pursuing the matter seriously.

BJP legislator C.P. Singh, on the other hand, raised the issue of expansion of the state capital.

Hemant claimed that groundwork for expanding the capital was going on in full swing, but did not specify the details.

“We have already laid the foundation of a new high court building on the surplus HEC land on the outskirts of Ranchi. Consultants have been appointed for construction of other government buildings. We are identifying plots available in and around Ranchi,” he added.

The chief minister turned down JVM member Nirbhay Shahabadi’s demand that MLAs should be allowed to monitor work being done by panchayats, especially inner roads in villages. “You already have Rs 3 crore in your kitty. Let panchayats independently handle Rs 10 lakh,” he quipped.

The Opposition lambasted the government when the second supplementary budget, which was tabled in House on the first day of the winter session, was put forward for a debate today.

BJP MLA Amit Kumar Yadav questioned the rationale behind seeking the Rs 1327.84 crore supplementary budget at a time when the government could spend only around 25 per cent of the funds allotted in the main budget.

Echoing the BJP member, JVM legislative party Pradeep Yadav said, “The state performance in terms of utilising funds has become worse after Hemant Soren assumed power.”

He called the present government a complete failure.

Refuting the Opposition’s allegations, JMM MLA Lobin Hembrum claimed the government had taken some radical decisions.

The government has ordered recruitment of some 16,000 schoolteachers and approved financial assistance for madarsas, he added.

Besides, he added, Sikadari colliery had been reopened and it would create employment opportunities for thousands of people.