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CM vows to protect tribal land rights

Chief minister Raghubar Das during Independence Day celebrations at Morabadi Ground, Ranchi, on Saturday

Ranchi, Aug. 15: Chief minister Raghubar Das today promised to safeguard tribals' right to quality life and protect their land and property during his Independence Day speech, underlining his government's commitment towards all-round development with a focus on corruption-free governance.

Attending his first August 15 function after assuming power, Das unfurled the Tricolour at Morabadi grounds in Ranchi at 9am.

He also felicitated 25 statehood heroes.

Governor Droupadi Murmu salutes the National Flag in Dumka. (Hardeep Singh & Telegraph picture)

Jharkhand's first non-Adivasi chief minister used the I-Day celebrations to win the confidence of indigenous people and said all-round growth of tribals would be the main focus of his government.

Empowerment of women, better employment opportunities, improved road and rail connectivity and good infrastructure will also be focus areas.

"A special investigation team has been formed to probe illegal sale and purchase of tribal land. This apart, a total of 24,888 land lease papers have been distributed to tribal people across the state and Tribal Development Council has already been formed in 14 out of the 24 districts," said Das addressing a 4,000-strong gathering.

During his hour-long speech, the chief minister also said that a total of 5,755 tribal-populated villages in Jharkhand would be developed under the Mukhya Mantri Anusuchit Janjati Gram Vikas Yojana.

This apart, a high-level committee had been formed to ensure that tribals got loan against their land without hassles and their children received financial support for studies, he added.

Das said lack of employment and prevailing poverty had given rise to the Left-wing extremism in Jharkhand. "Look at the Communist-ruled countries, what has happened to them," he said, urging extremists to shun violence.

Highlighting the government's zero-tolerance policy for corruption, Das said that the State Vigilance Bureau had been restructured as Anti-Corruption Bureau, which would now function at the commissionery level.

Also, work is on to frame rules to crack down on chit fund firms.

The government is trying to connect with the common masses to formulate people-centric policies.

"A Jan Samvad Karyakram has been launched to allow people to directly reach the chief minister. People can lodge their complaints and give suggestions on the toll-free No. 181," Das said.

On crime against women, the chief minister said the government would firmly deal with those who were trying to outrage women's modesty or undermine their basic rights.

"A women helpline number is working round the clock. Police will take quick action in case of any complaint," he added.

To improve rail and road connectivity, Das said, a number of proposals had been cleared.

"The government has renewed six important rail projects, which will be complete in two years. Besides, proposed Ranchi-Bokaro-Dhanbad Expressway and Ranchi-Dhanbad-Jamshedpur Industrial Corridor will bring a revolution," he added.

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