The four-day special session of the new Jharkhand Assembly will begin from January 6 under the chairmanship of pro tem speaker Stephen Marandi, chief minister Raghubar Das announced on Sunday.
In its first meeting, the state Cabinet decided that the special Assembly session will be held soon after the winter vacation ends. The Cabinet nominated veteran Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) legislator Stephen Marandi as pro tem Speaker till the appointment of a permanent Speaker.
Das asserted that he was determined to give corruption free governance and improve the law and order situation in the state. He instructed the state police chief to rein in criminals to improve law and order. “I would like to see a responsible and answerable administration. It should deliver time-bound quality services to the people,” he said.
The chief minister hinted at filling up vacant posts in government offices. “I have ordered to collect the district-wise lists of vacancies in government offices. It will be taken up in the next Cabinet meeting in Dumka,” Das said.
The Cabinet meeting sought information from the police chief about jail inmates facing trial in petty criminal cases, giving the impression of speedy trial in such cases. The police headquarters was directed to submit a list of such inmates in the next Cabinet meeting.
“Mutation, caste certificates, proof of age and income, ration cards, and several other public service related certificates should be delivered on time. The meeting has decided to open grievance cells in every department and appoint workforce on contract,” Das told reporters.
Earlier, Das sought information from the bureaucrats about the public distribution system (PDS) in the state. He suggested the officials to examine the possibility of implementing the Chhattisgarh PDS model.
He directed the department heads to speed up expenditures in ongoing schemes and submit utilization certificates, reminding them that the current fiscal would soon come to end. Meanwhile, talks about a Speaker from the tribal communities have started doing the rounds.
BJP insiders said the post is likely to go to a tribal legislator either from the ruling party or from the opposition. The indication is that the Speaker will be a tribal, especially after the appointment of a non-tribal chief minister.
Sources in the administration said six more ministers can find place in Cabinet expansion. Currently, the state Cabinet has Louis Marandi, CP Singh, Neelkanth Singh Munda and Chandra Prakash Choudhary as ministers.