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Ranchi, Jan. 27: Chief minister Hemant Soren used the occasion of 65th Republic Day to celebrate achievements of his six-month-old coalition government and promised to complete much-awaited recruitment of primary school teachers by the end of February, even though he desisted from announcing any new scheme.

Addressing people of the state during the R-Day function at Morabadi grounds in Ranchi, Hemant maintained that 3,000-odd vacant posts of forest guards across Jharkhand would also be filled up soon.

This year, the chief minister hoisted the Tricolour in the state capital in the absence of governor Syed Ahmed, who is currently convalescing in Mumbai after a surgery.

“We have started the process for recruiting 14,000 primary teachers and in all likelihood, it will be completed by the end of February. This apart, recruitment to about 3,000 forest guards’ positions will start within a month or so,” the chief minister added.

Hemant added the government would push for more development work in the coming days. “Jharkhand lives in villages. So far, we have been able to create 283 lakh mandays under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), spending a total of Rs 600 crore and carrying out various development work,” the chief minister said.

However, according to state rural development officers, this is only 37 per cent of the total of Rs1,638-crore MGNREGS budget that has been allocated to the state for the 2013-14 fiscal.

With only two more months remaining, the state is unlikely to meet its target this fiscal. He further added that the government had created an additional 5,900 hectares of irrigation land by constructing 235 Birsa pucca check dams across Jharkhand under the National Agriculture Development Plan. This is in addition to the existing 3 lakh hectres of irrigated land that is only 12.37 per cent of the total agricultural land in the state.

Through different projects in agriculture, horticulture, fishery, dairy, lac cultivation and handicraft, the government has created 4 lakh jobs for educated unemployed youths during the current fiscal.

The chief minister also boasted the Mukhya Mantri Grameen Path Yojna launched to create networks of roads in rural areas.

“Under the scheme, every panchayat is being given Rs 10 lakh to build concrete roads in villages. Gram panchayats will have to take up projects in areas which lack any road and movements become difficult during rains,” said Hemant, adding Rs 2,000 crore had been allotted to the road construction department this fiscal to repair and widen 1,000 kms across the state.

As many as 17 government departments took out their tableaux during the R-Day parade this year. The tableau of the information and public relations department based on Maluti temples of Dumka was adjudged the best.