Ranchi, September 12: Chief Minister Hemant Soren held a high-level meeting of the Disaster Management Authority regarding the drought situation in the state and how to deal with it. On this occasion, he took complete information about the rainfall and sowing of crops in the state. Also said that the government has intensified the preparations to provide relief to the farmers, livestock farmers, laborers and villagers from the drought. The Chief Minister directed to start at least five new schemes in every village, so that migration could be stopped along with employment generation. Said that there should be no shortage of food grains, drinking water and animal feed in drought-like situation, keeping this in mind, plans should be made and monitoring should be done along with its better implementation. On this occasion, various departments apprised the Chief Minister about their action plan being prepared to deal with the drought-like situation.
Make plans by coordinating the concerned department
The Chief Minister asked the departments to make plans by coordinating them so that they prove to be very useful. He directed the departments to prepare a plan ranging from two thousand to two and a half thousand crore rupees to deal with the situation like drought. He also directed to do geo-tagging of all the schemes.
One lakh new wells and one lakh ponds will be built
He said that in view of the drought situation, one lakh new wells and one lakh ponds would be built in the entire state. With this, the handwash and check dam will be repaired on a war footing. Also, in view of drought, he directed to remove the ban on raw works under MNREGA, so that the work of kutcha roads, ponds, ridges in the fields, water bodies and deepening of water sources etc. can be started in rural areas. This will give more and more employment opportunities to the people in rural areas. The Chief Minister also directed to create more and more man-days of work under MNREGA.
The Chief Minister clearly told the officers that the beneficiaries of social security pension should not face any kind of problem in drought-like situation. He asked to ensure the distribution of pension among the beneficiaries by the 5th of every month. On this occasion, officials said that there are 31 lakh pensioners in the state and eight lakh new applications have been received for pension approval.
Issue five lakh new ration cards as soon as possible
CM Hemant Soren said that food security is the top priority of the government in a drought-like situation. People should not have shortage of food grains. He told the officials that five lakh new ration cards should be approved at the earliest. Distribution of ration from PDS shops should be ensured every month. Full care should also be taken that ration is easily available to the people.
The Chief Minister also gave these instructions
Make a plan for the cow rearers. Under this, provide cows, buffaloes to the group members and ensure the arrangement for consumption of milk, so that the quality of milk products remains intact with the increase in their income.
Promote rural agricultural products. Markets should be made available to the products, so that the producers get their fair price along with promoting their products.
If there is a drinking water crisis due to drought, then make sure arrangements are made to maintain normal drinking water supply through tankers or other means.
– Scholarship should be distributed among the students on time
– Deepening work of all government and raiyati ponds should be started
Under MNREGA, the pace of Human Creation Day should be accelerated, so that more and more people can get employment.
– Start the work of renovation of minor irrigation projects, so that fish farming can be promoted along with increasing its water storage capacity
– Explore employment opportunities at tourist places in Jharkhand and necessary facilities should be made available for this.
Officials told the Chief Minister that according to the rainfall situation in the state till September 9, seven districts have received normal, 15 districts have received below normal and two districts have received very little rain. As a result of less rainfall, sowing of other crops including paddy has been much less than the target. In this high-level meeting, besides Health and Disaster Management Minister Banna Gupta and Agriculture Minister Badal, Chief Secretary Sukhdev Singh, Development Commissioner Arun Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Rajiv Arun Ekka, Principal Secretary Finance Department Ajay Kumar Singh, Food Supplies Department Principal Secretary Himani Pandey, Secretary to Chief Minister Vinay Kumar Choubey, Secretary Rural Development Department Manish Ranjan, Agriculture Animal Husbandry and Cooperation Department Secretary Abu Bakr Siddiq, Women and Child Development Department Secretary KN Jha, Disaster Management Department Secretary Dr Amitabh Kaushal, Secretary, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation Prashant Kumar, Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy Rajesh Kumar Sharma and Director of Agriculture Nisha Oraon were present.
Five new schemes will be started in every village of Jharkhand
Story first published: Monday, September 12, 2022, 20:36 [IST]