Funds cleared for Birsa jail museum

The state cabinet approved Rs 26.69 crore for the conservation of old Birsa Munda Central Jail building and remodelling it into a museum, deciding to nominate Indian Trust for Rural Heritage and Development for thejob on Tuesday.

By Our Special Correspondent in Ranchi
  • Published 12.09.18
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Old Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi

Ranchi: The state cabinet approved Rs 26.69 crore for the conservation of old Birsa Munda Central Jail building and remodelling it into a museum, deciding to nominate Indian Trust for Rural Heritage and Development for thejob on Tuesday.

Home department principal secretary S.K.G. Rahate, who holds additional charge of the cabinet coordination department, maintained that in the first phase over Rs 9.24 crore would be released that would be spent on conservation works.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of this project during his visit to Jharkhand on September 23. This is among several other projects whose foundation would be laid by the prime minister, namely, medical colleges in Chaibasa and Koderma, a cancer hospital in Ranchi, Ayushman Bharat campaign in Jharkhand, etc," he said.

State coordinator of Indian Trust for Rural Heritage and Development S.D. Singh that there were three blocks on the jail premises _ administrative block on the front, a building housing cells and hospital at the back. Birsa Munda stayed in one of the cells.

The jail had solitary cells too.

" Chuna-surti (lime-mortar) was initially used during the construction of buildings and boundary wall. But cement was used to repair the damage caused over the years. We will be using lime-mortar everywhere to make it look original again. We will be completing our job within 15 months after getting a work order," he said.

Other cabinet decisions:

• Jharkhand Municipal Trade License Regulations, would be effective from January 1, 2019. Those engaged in trades like selling food products, running restaurants, medicines, electronic goods, etc, would have to have a trade licence. Defaulters would be penalised a rate of Rs 10 a day. However, no penalty will be charged for the first four months to enable the traders get licenses

• Uniform allowance of forest guards and conservators raised from Rs 3,000 and Rs 3,500 per annum, respectively, to Rs 4,000 and Rs 4,500 per annum, respectively

• Four days of special casual leave would be granted per year to all categories of government employees for donating blood. The order will come into force after a gazette notification

• Regulations amended to enable commercial users of high tension electricity to pay bills directly to JUVNL, who in turn would transfer dues to the commercial taxes department.