Hazaribagh, May 19: Chief minister Raghubar Das today sought everyone's cooperation to make the open-defecation free campaign a success and ge the state rid of diseases.
Addressing panchayat representatives and office-bearers of the 20-point programme implementation committee of seven districts in two sessions at Curzon Stadium here, Das urged them to ensure that caste, income and residential certificates were issued within the deadline.
The chief minister said he needed everyone's involvement to make Jharkhand a role model in terms of development. "I have taken the pledge to change the image of Jharkhand, which was known for corruption," he said, adding that none of his ministers has indulged in corrupt practices so far. "But I cannot do this with the help of the bureaucracy alone. I need the support of representatives and residents as well."
Das, who laid the foundation stone of 21 medium-scale industries yesterday, said they were the backbone of any state and played a crucial role in generating employment.
He also announced a decision to extend the validity of caste certificates to three years from one and income certificates to one year from six months to eliminate the problems faced by job seekers.
Rural development minister Neelkanth Singh Munda and HRD minister Neera Yadav said the state could be put on the development path only if it had the support of its people.
Chief secretary Rajbala Verma said village mukhiyas, who had been empowered to play crucial roles in as many as 14 departments, should help the government achieve its target.
Other then secretaries of various departments, deputy commissioners and SPs of Dhanbad, Bokaro, Koderma, Giridih, Hazaribagh, Chatra and Ramgarh were present at the event.