Governor Syed Ahmed greets new minister Lobin Hembrom after his swearing-in in Ranchi on Tuesday. Telegraph picture
Ranchi, June 17: Chief minister Hemant Soren has said that an all-party meeting would be held on June 26 to discuss the state’s domicile policy, a draft of which was recently finalised by a high-power committee.
“The state government is not averse to making amendments in the proposed policy in tune with the suggestions received during the all-party meeting,” he told newspersons after a ceremony at Raj Bhavan to swear in JMM Borio MLA Lobin Hembrom as minister.
Governor Syed Ahmed administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new minister, who replaces JMM dissident Simon Marandi, in charge of rural works, food and civil supplies and NREP (special division).
After Hembrom’s swearing in, Hemant expressed confidence in his new ministerial colleague’s abilities, but admitted he had little time in hand, given that Assembly elections were due in Jharkhand in November.
Nevertheless, the chief minister expressed his confidence that the new minister, a Shibu Soren protege, would fulfil the aspirations of commoners. Hemant also used the occasion to dispel notions about a rift within the coalition, given that the Congress was maintaining a distance from the JMM after the Lok Sabha poll debacle.
“Our government will be completing its tenure smoothly and all ruling alliance partners stand firmly united for the positive growth of Jharkhand,” he said even as only a few ally cabinet members showed up for the Raj Bhavan function.
While the Congress was represented by agriculture and housing minister Yogendra Sao and RJD by tourism and urban development minister Suresh Paswan, others who attended the function were primarily from the JMM.
They were party president Shibu Soren, Speaker Shashank Shekhar Bhokta and welfare minister Champai Soren.
JMM leaders took pains to explain that the formation of a council of ministers was the chief minister’s prerogative and that other ministerial colleagues were busy elsewhere.
Talking to news persons, Hembrom said he would make all possible efforts to live up to the expectations of the people.
“I have little time in hand and very tough challenges ahead. But let me assure you that I will shoulder my duties honestly,” said the JMM leader who replaced the party’s Littipara MLA Simon Marandi, recently dismissed from the council of ministers for anti-chief minister comments in public.
Born on January 19, 1951, Hembrom is a matriculate who has regularly representing Borio in Bihar and Jharkhand Vidhan Sabhas since 1990.
Coming from a family of farmers, Hembrom has two sons and a daughter. He loves playing football, while Premchand is his favourite author.
Known to be outspoken, Hembrom has never shied away from criticising his own government on issues he considers just and important.
For instance, he has been severely critical of the government’s failure to issue BPL cards to deserving poor and the erratic supply of food grains through the public distribution ceremony.