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Sop shower on state birthday

Ranchi, Nov. 15: A galaxy of NDA and BJP bigwigs today played to the gallery and doled out gifts for the state during the third birthday celebrations of Jharkhand at Morahbadi Ground.

Having fulfilled his commitment to give 32,000 jobs on the third foundation day, chief minister Arjun Munda promised to fill up the remaining vacancies by August next year. Munda also announced the government’s decision to end the “unaided education policy” in the state and promised to complete panchayat elections by February next year.

Railway minister Nitish Kumar conducted the online inauguration of the Ranchi-Yeshwantpur (Bangalore) Express, the Ranchi Model Railway Station, eight new counters at Ranchi station and two road overbridges at Kadru and Dibdih.

He said he had fulfilled last year’s promise. “Direct trains to Mumbai and Bangalore have started, while the Tapeswani Express has been extended to Hatia. We have decided to electrify the new railway tracks between Ranchi and Koderma. We will make Jharkhand the state with maximum electrified tracks,” he said. Rajdhani will run twice a week from December 19, he added.

Minister of state for civil aviation Rajiv Pratap Rudy gifted Rs 50 crore for extension of the Ranchi airport and construction of a new building, apron and passenger amenities.

Union labour minister Saheb Singh Verma, who conducted the online inauguration of Sainik Multiplex-cum-shopping complex at Sainik Bazaar and software technology park at Namkum, gave away appointment letters to a few candidates.

BJP national president Venkaiah Naidu was there to give the sound bites. “There was no recruitment for several years. Who is responsible for that' Giving 32,000 jobs is no ordinary achievement,” he said. Naidu dared Naxalites to take on politicians by joining the mainstream and fighting an election.

“If you (rebels) have any ideology, compete with politicians by fighting an election instead of resorting to violence. Ballot is better than bullet,” he added. Naidu also released a special edition of BJP magazine Antyodya Sandesh.

The government gave Rs 5 lakh each to national hockey players from the state. It also honoured villagers who helped the police in taking on rebels in Longo.

Munda said: “We are trying to generate employment in the private sector. The Centre has approved the Special Economic Zone and the Agro Export Zone. We plan to attract an investment of Rs 50,000 crore in SEZ.”

The chief minister said by February panchayat elections will be completed and villages will get the right to self-rule. “We will fulfil the dream of all-round development and swarajya in villages by holding the elections which have been pending for the past 25 years,” he said.

Minister of state for external affairs Digvijay Singh, coal minister Karia Munda and minister of state for social justice Nagmani were also present.

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