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Thursday , February 6 , 2014
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CM blows trumpet

Dhanbad, Feb. 5: The JMM-led government in Jharkh- and has scored big in chief minister Hemant Soren’s report card.

Addressing a function at Dhanbad’s Golf Ground to mark the 42nd foundation day of JMM on Tuesday night, Hemant proudly declared that the state was making fast progress and counted transfer of rights to elected panchayat representatives, hike in old age pension and move to appoint teachers and forest guards among the achievements of the present government.

“This government provided rights to members of panchayat samitis for the first time. The elected rural representatives can spend up to Rs 10 lakh for development projects in their areas,” Soren told the 5,000-strong crowd.

“The government also increased old age pension with the aim to lend a helping hand to those, who are above 65 years. The elderly, who used to earlier get a pension of Rs 400 per month, will now receive Rs 700. Those who were entitled to Rs 700 per month will get Rs 900,” the chief minister added.

On the sensitive teacher shortage issue that had time and again put the state on the back foot, Hemant claimed they had initiated the process of hiring teachers, but ran into some technical glitches.

“But we will soon resume the recruitment of teachers at primary schools as soon as the issue is sorted out. The government is also seriously considering the proposal of increasing honorarium of para-teachers. The recruitment process of forest guards is also on and will be wrapped up before February 25,” he said.

The chief minister reserved his criticism for the coal companies operating in Dhanbad, saying that they were neglecting the state. He claimed that CCL owed revenues worth Rs 15,000 crore to the state.

JMM’s former ally BJP also drew flak from the chief minister, who called the national party communal. “Communal forces can’t do anything except dividing the country, state and villages. Therefore, I would advise people to beware of such forces,” Hemant said.

Hemant’s father and JMM patriarch Shibu Soren also attended the function, which began at 7.30pm and continued till 10.30pm.