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People's social security Munda's agenda

"Providing social security to the people of the state is my agenda," Munda said in an interview, unveiling his Govt's plans.

india Updated: Jan 21, 2006 17:35 IST

Chief Minister Arjun Munda plans to cushion the people of Jharkhand with an umbrella of social security schemes, more jobs and development that will catapult the state to the rank of growth-oriented ones in the country.

"Providing social security to the people of the state is my agenda," Munda said in an interview, unveiling his government's plans. "I am working on different fronts - such as social security cards, pensions, farmers' insurance, hospitals and employment schemes to better their living conditions.

"I have planned a social security card for the 4.5 million families of the state. There will be different cards such as red, green and yellow, depending on the annual income of each family. The social security card will be like an ATM card and it will carry the social, economic, cultural aspects of the people of the state," said Munda.

"For the 2.5 million below the poverty line (BPL) families, there will be another card. And from Ranchi, the state headquarters, I will monitor the progress made for the BPL families. It will be the first of its kind in the state."

Munda said a survey of physically challenged people had been conducted for the first time in the state.

"In Jharkhand, there are 270,000 such people. All of them will get pension and special money. It will cost Rs 600 million to the state."

He emphasised that he wanted to end red tape and make things easier for the elderly.

"For pensioners, I have asked officials to open bank accounts. Their money will be deposited in banks and they can withdraw it directly from ATMs."

Jharkhand, a drought-prone state, has over 700,000 farmers covered under the Krishi Bima Yojna. It stands second to Maharashtra for the number of farmers under this insurance policy.

Munda has allocated over Rs 3 billion for the scheme that will come from the central government so that one million more farmers can be covered.

In the health sector, the state government has invited private parties to set up hospitals in rural areas. "They will receive government assistance to treat people from poor families. Anyone from these families can avail of treatment in any hospital as a payment of up to Rs150,000 will be made by the government."

There are also plans to provide jobs to at least 100,000 people.

"Till now, 30,000 people have been given jobs. And we will achieve a target of 100,000 in the next four years in the government sector alone. Around 2,500 sub-inspector's jobs will be filled soon."

There will be more news on the employment front if more industries are set up. "If investors come, the state will get over 100,000 jobs more."

"I want to develop both the rural and urban areas so that the state can prosper at every level," Munda said.

First Published: Jan 21, 2006 17:17 IST