Jharkhand will be a developed state in three years and the government was comfortably placed to boost growth and remove bottlenecks, chief minister Raghubar Das said on Tuesday.
In a chat with select journalists, Das said the state powered ahead in the last year and half due to the first stable mandate in 15 years.
“The seeds of development have been sown and the fruits will be visible in the next three years,” he stressed.
The CM said that by 2018, the state will have power in every household and all pending road projects will be completed.
“Within three months, we are going to start work on at least two major flyovers in Ranchi to decongest the roads. By 2021, you will see a new capital city.”
He said the sensitive domicile policy announced by his government last month cleared hurdles for recruitment in government departments.
“We had waited 15 long years but no government showed any conviction or interest in announcing the same. Here we are with the policy that is virtually acceptable to all sections of the society barring some political groups who are protesting because they have run out of issues.”
Das said he kept enough room for amendments in the policy but those demanding changes should give valid reasons and arguments.
As per the policy, any one residing in the state for 30 years will be considered a local and entitled to jobs and other facilities. Tribals will continue to get special privileges and quotas reserved for them in government jobs.
The opposition Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and some other rival parties called a bandh last Saturday, demanding changes in the policy and making the last survey of district land records as the criteria for awarding local resident rights.
The Das government came down heavily on the protesters and detained around 10,000 people—a few were preventive arrests and others were booked for enforcing bandh through unlawful means.
The chief minister justified the action. “We only ensured that rule of the land prevailed come what may. JMM supporters have in the past brutally vandalised government and private properties and violently misbehaved with commoners during bandhs.”
Das said beginning June 15, the state would embark on a massive tree plantation drive along with construction of around 600,000 small ponds or dobhas in local dialect to arrest the water crisis plaguing the state year after year.
“The digging of ponds will be completed by this financial year end. In order to ensure successful implementation of the two ambitious schemes, the panchayat headquarters or gram sabhas will be empowered to carry out the supervision work. 75% of the work would be done through NREGS workers,” Das said.
He appealed to the people to stop thinking negative and look for positives. “I see Jharkhand progressing rapidly in agriculture, infrastructure development, health and tourism. Industrialists are welcome to invest and we assure all support. We will make land available to them.”