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CM’s rain alert, sop shower

Chief minister Hemant Soren, in Jamshedpur on Wednesday to inaugurate online 53 development schemes worth Rs 18 crore and distribute welfare benefits to a host of beneficiaries during East Singhbhum’s Vikas Utsav, expressed fears of an uneven monsoon this year.

“The monsoon is playing hike-and-seek, with some districts experiencing surplus and others deficit. But, we are committed to not let farmers suffer the vagaries of rainfall. Different department heads and deputy commissioners have been asked to submit rainfall data. We will review everything on July 30 at a meeting, including analysis of statistical data and satellite mapping from blocks,” Hemant said at Birsa Munda Town Hall in Sidhgora, where the Utsav was held.

According to Met data, the state received 407.2mm rain against a seasonal average of 440mm as on July 23.

Keeping an eye on Assembly elections, he also made a slew of populist promises.

“We will ensure elderly persons get pension. We are holding adhikar shivirs (rights camps) for pension. We will give villages the same quality of power and water as in the cities. We have started a programme under which panchayats will have piped water supply by 2017,” Hemant said.

In all, 22,377 beneficiaries got pension. Hemant also gave away lands settlement deeds for 42 acres to 340 beneficiaries.

He also distributed Rs 2.11 crore under Mukhya Mantri Laxmi Ladli Yojana to 3,527 beneficiaries and assets worth Rs 1.45 crore to fence jahersthans. Assets worth Rs 150 crore under Kisan Credit Card, SME and retail loans were distributed among 5,211 persons.

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