New blocks: 12, officers: 132, annual cost: Rs 1.36cr

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By SUDHIR KUMAR MISHRA in Ranchi
  • Published 5.08.09
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Ranchi, Aug. 5: The governor’s advisory council today resolved to create 12 new blocks to ensure swift execution of welfare and development schemes in rural Jharkhand. Posts for 132 officials have been sanctioned for smooth functioning of the new block offices.

Cabinet secretary P.K. Jajoria said Rahe in Ranchi district, Chalkusa in Hazaribagh, Bariatu and Herhanj in Latehar, Basantrai in Godda, Anandpur and Gudri in West Singhbhum, Pesra in Lohardaga, Dulabhi and Chitarpur in Ramgarh, Sangma in Garhwa and Margo Munda in Deoghar had been granted block status.

“More than Rs 1.36 crore will be spent annually as establishment cost for the new block offices,” he added.

The decision is politically significant. Former chief minister Madhu Koda, too, had created nearly three dozen new blocks after the JMM decided to withdraw support to his government. Initially, JMM supremo Shibu Soren expressed strong reservation. But after becoming the chief minister, he endorsed the Koda cabinet’s decision and even added a few more to the list.

In fact, Soren, during his short tenure, spent most of his time inaugurating new blocks created by his predecessor.

Besides marking new blocks, the advisory council meeting — presided over by Governor K. Sankaranarayanan’s adviser G. Krishnan — announced a slew of other measures.

nRs 85.85 crore sanctioned for installing 21,844 new tubewells across the state, which was recently declared drought-hit

nDraft of the Jharkhand Employment Guarantee Fund and Operation Regulation, 2009, a constituent of NREGA, approved

nAn amount of Rs 1.8 crore granted as compensation to 87 families, all victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The Centre is expected to reimburse the state

nFor development of minority-dominated areas in Sahebganj, Pakur, Ranchi and Gumla districts, proposals to the tune of Rs 181.40 crore approved. Jajoria said the funds had been made available by the Centre and would be spent on projects to eradicate poverty, boost education and healthcare, provide rural electrification and drinking water and construct roads, buildings

nDependants of two para-teachers and the helper of a private bus in Giridih district to be given Rs 3 lakh each as compensation. The three were killed in a road accident while participating in a campaign to bring dropouts to school

nSeven panchayats of Koderma Sadar block attached to Domchanch block. Bagidih, Dehradih, Bangakhalara, Godatota, Parhi, Janpur and East Domchanch panchayats are now constituents of Domchanch. With this, the number of panchayats in the block has gone up to 23 from 16

nA police station to be set up in Devipur block

nPay scale of accounts officer posted at Jharkhand Bhavan in New Delhi revised

nAudit committee formed to monitor infrastructure for Games. Officials of finance and vigilance bureau to be part of the committee.