|Chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi pays tributes to the Mountain Man Dashrath Manjhi and (above) inaugurates a health centre at Gehlaur in Gaya on Wednesday. Pictures by Suman
On his first visit to Gaya after becoming the chief minister, Jitan Ram Manjhi showered gifts on his village Mahakar and Dashrath Manjhi’s Gehlaur.
He told the villagers of Mahakar that now they will not have to visit the secretariat for getting their works done. The chief minister said he would dispose all work-related files of his co-villagers in the hamlet itself.
Before becoming the chief minister, Manjhi used to visit his village at least once a week. However, after embarking on the new journey, he promised to visit the village at least once a month.
The chief minister directed his officers to send a proposal for setting up a block and a full-fledged police station in Mahakar as soon as possible.
“There will be no delay at my level in finalising the proposal,” the chief minister said, adding that within three months, the block and the police station would start functioning in Mahakar. He also directed officials to ensure power connection in and around Mahakar within a month.
The chief minister on Wednesday gifted additional primary health centres (APHCs) to Gehlaur — the village of Mountain Man Dashrath Manjhi and also one to Mahakar.
While he inaugurated the APHC building at Gehlaur, he laid the foundation stone for a similar one at an upgraded high school in Mahakar.
Manjhi, who arrived in Gehlaur at 11.20am by a helicopter, paid obeisance to the samadhi (tomb) of the Mountain Man by offering garlands. Thereby, he visited the house of Mountain Man and met his son Bhagirath Manjhi, who had demanded a block in the village.
The CM said he would consider his demand while drinking a glass of water at the house of the Mountain Man. Manjhi then inaugurated the much-awaited building of the APHC in the village by cutting the ribbon. After the formalities, he announced to get a hospital constructed in Gehlaur that will be run by the family of Dashrath Manjhi.
Setting up an APHC in Gehlaur was the dream of Mountain Man and after his death, former chief minister Nitish Kumar had gifted the same to Gehlaur. The building of the APHC was constructed at an estimate cost of Rs 77 lakh. However, installation of doors and windows is yet to be done because of delay in release of funds.
After Manjhi became the chief minister, two doctors, including one Ayush and an MBBS, a Grade-IV employee have been posted at the APHC. Their services are likely to be regularised after June.
After inaugurating the APHC in Gehlaur, he had his breakfast at former MLA and JD-U leader Ajay Paswan’s house. Thereby, he arrived in Mahakar by road via Atri, Tetua Taand and Khisersarai around 2.30pm. On his way, he stopped at his sister Kapoori Devi’s house in Atri and had his lunch. He stayed in Mahakar on Wednesday.