Jharkhand Governor Ramesh Bais on Wednesday said that the state government is making continuous efforts by launching schemes and programmes aimed at public welfare so that the state can stand among the other developed states of the nation in the coming years.

Addressing the people on the occasion of the Nation’s 73rd Republic Day at the Morabadi Grounds of the state capital, he said that in all areas especially for the poor and weaker sections, backwards, minorities and women’s schemes have been launched keeping their needs and development into priority.

He said that while the constitution has given fundamental rights to the people it also outlines the fundamental duties, it is therefore important for the people that they are ready to dispense their duties and responsibilities towards the nation. He said that the day was a very important one for the people as it is also a day for self-assessment.

He said that there was a need to make a self-assessment as to how much they have been successful in realising the goals and ideals of independence.

The Governor said that agriculture and allied activities are the main base of the economy of Jharkhand therefore to increase crop production and bring modern technology in the agriculture dominated areas ‘Krishak Pathshala’ will be started and villages located within its boundaries will be developed as ‘Birsa Gram’ for which with an allocation of Rs 61 crore ‘Samekit Birsa Gram Yojana cum Krishak Pathshala Yojana’ has been started. He said that by this Yojana the farmers will be trained by scientific methods in the areas of agriculture, animal husbandry and fisheries and will also be provided help by the experts.

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The farmers will be also linked with markets for their economic empowerment, the Governor said, adding that efforts will also be increased to increase storage facilities for agriculture products. He said that during the paddy procurement season in 2020-21 against the target of procurement of 6.08 lakh metric tonnes of paddy, 6.28 lakh metric tonnes was procured while paddy procurement for the season 2021-22 has commenced from December 15.

The Governor said that for the benefit of the farmers 50 percent of the payment is being made at the time of purchase of paddy while apart from the MSP the state government is also providing a bonus of Rs 110 per quintal of paddy.

Adding further he said for agriculture works there is a need to strengthen the irrigation facilities over which the state government has recorded special focus and during the Kharif season of 2021 through various irrigation schemes irrigation facility was provided on 4.4 lakh hectares of land and soon through the Subarnarekha multipurpose project water from the prominent dams and barrage will be brought to the fields of the farmers through canals and will be supplied through pipelines in the fields.

He said that to reduce the problem of displacement and land acquisition for the execution of irrigation projects the government has decided to focus on Mega lift irrigation schemes under which in Garhwa district Son-Kanhar pipeline Yojana is being constructed and similarly in Dumka district to provide irrigation facilities in Massalia and Raneshwar block Massalia Raneshwar Megalift Yojana has been approved by the government.

The Governor said that the state government is committed to provide better employment opportunities to the youth of the state and with this vision, it has brought the recruitment and appointment policy 2021 as per which in industries, joint ventures and projects being run under the PPP mode in jobs 75 percent reservation will be for the local people and this step of the government will also prove to be a milestone in checking migration, he pointed.

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