Ranchi, July 9: The Hemant Soren government, which will be completing one year in office on Sunday, will be tom-toming its achievements and the projects completed so far to convince the public that it has been able to deliver promises made.
Hemant, who has been flayed by supporters and critics alike for the lack of development in the state since the JMM-Congress-RJD combine came to power, held marathon meetings over the past few days to find out the areas that had been neglected by predecessors and the ones where he scored. A souvenir will be released on the occasion to highlight how he struggled against odds to administer justice to the poor.
“I only want to convince the masses that my government never made false promises. We formed regulations to grant financial aid to madarsas and also paved the way for appointment of schoolteachers. Urdu too has become a fully functional second official language of the state,” Soren said.
He, however, admitted that empowering the village panchayats was his major concern.
“For the first time, my government gave Rs 10 lakh to every panchayat for construction of rural roads in remote areas and a drainage system, thus eliminating the role middlemen during award of contracts for construction works,” the JMM leader said.
On Sunday, a simple function will be held on the premises of Ranchi University, where the chief minister will distribute appointment letters to schoolteachers and offer direct government jobs to sportspersons, who won medals in various international events.
“Selected officials of cooperative banks will also get their appointment letters on July 13,” said the chief minister’s political adviser, Himanshu Shekhar Choudhary.
He will also give away gair mazrua (government) plots to the homeless and offer rehabilitation packages to the dependants of those who laid down their lives during the statehood movement.
Last evening, Hemant cleared the decks for granting promotion to engineers working with the road construction department, headed by him, and directed others to do the needful.
After the programme is over, Hemant will start an extensive tour of far-flung areas of the state to see the ground realities. The itinerary is being worked out.
“The model code of conduct for the Vidhan Sabha elections is likely to come in force within three-four months. Besides, major construction works cannot be taken up during the rainy season. Hence, we are now stressing more on policy decisions on such issues that had remained neglected over the years and will ensure smooth completion of pending works,” Choudhary said.