Chief minister Hemant Soren (third from left), flanked by energy minister Rajendra Prasad Singh and JMM supremo Shibu Soren among others, releases his government’s one-year report card in Ranchi on Sunday. Picture by Prashant Mitra
Ranchi, July 13: The JMM-Congress-RJD coalition government’s celebrations on the completion of one year in office remained a low-key affair in the state capital on Sunday.
The government recognised achievements of the state’s youth brigade, handed over appointment letters to candidates who cleared Teachers’ Eligibility Test and extended support to land-less tribals to mark the day at the Aryabhatta Auditorium in Morabadi.
Refuting charges of poor governance levelled by the Opposition, chief minister Hemant Soren chose the occasion to highlight the achievements of his government since it was formed on this day last year. He claimed that despite several challenges and lack of time, his government had started on a positive note and crossed a number of milestones.
“I am not a magician to convert night into day and vice versa. Of these 12 months, the government got only seven to eight months to properly work owing to the Lok Sabha elections and other issues. Again, in a couple of months, the model code of conduct will come in place for the Assembly elections. Given these challenges, we have put up a good show,” said Hemant.
During the event, the chief minister handed over cash awards to the toppers of matriculation and intermediate. He also handed over appointed letters to three sportspersons, land pattas to over 500 land-less, including around two dozen Naxalites who have laid down arms.
Also, 687 primary teachers, who qualified the last year’s Teachers’ Eligibility Test, received their appointment letters today.
Boasting his government’s other works, Hemant said that he had been focusing on bridging the gap between rural and urban areas.
Terming these achievements as “just the beginning”, Hemant said, “Many things are yet to be done. But we have laid the foundation for the future. Whatever one says, for me, personally, the last one year has been a great learning experience. As a student, I tried to learn governance that will be an asset for my political future.”
Congress minister, who holds health, power, energy and finance portfolios, Rajendra Prasad Singh was all praises for the chief minister and the government.
Despite being in the line of fire for erratic power supply in Jharkhand in recent times, Singh claimed that his department had performed well and the power sector had boomed during the past one year.
“In one year, we set up 13 power grids, including the one inaugurated in Deoghar yesterday. It was the first in 14 years. About 200 contractual doctors were made permanent, while in a month, time we will begin recruitment for specialists in ophthalmologist, dental and other fields” Singh claimed.
Apart from the state cabinet ministers, special guests like JMM supremo Sibu Soren, state Congress chief Sukhdeo Bhagat and party’s Jharkhand in-charge B.K. Hariprasad, former Ranchi MP Subodh Kant Sahai and bureaucrats were present.