Earlier this week, Chief Minister Hemant Soren launched the second phase of his government’s outreach program, “Aapki Yojna, Aapki Sarkar, Aapke Dwar,” from Giridih district, blaming the Opposition for “destroying” the state.
“Jharkhand has been plagued with problems for the past 20 years. Opposition parties have disrupted the state for more than 20 years, and things will take some time to get back to normal. Soren said at Jhanda Maidan in the town that “they ate all the money, but our government will have an officer stand at the gates of these funds.”
A programme organized to commemorate three years of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha-led government in the state aims to process welfare scheme applications on the spot in order to ensure that villagers begin receiving benefits as soon as possible.
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In highlighting the success of the first phase of the ‘Sarkar Aapke Dwar’ program, Soren noted that “we received about 35 to 40 lakh suggestions, and 99 per cent of them were resolved.”
After Chief Minister Soren on Statehood Day launched the first phase on November 15, 2021, the government held camps for beneficiaries at the panchayat level. A total of 6,867 camps were held in 2021, out of a total of 35.94 lakh applications, 35.56 lakh were disposed of. Approximately 42,000 applications are being processed at the moment.
Taking the stage with Jharkhand ministers Jagarnath Mahto, Alamgir Alam and Satyanand Bhokta, Gandey MLA Dr Sarfraz Ahmad, Giridih MLA Sudivya Kumar and Bagodar MLA Vinod Singh, Soren emphasized the coalition’s solidarity with the opposition.
As part of the programme, the CM laid the foundation for 48 new schemes valued at Rs 391 crore. During the program’s second phase, camps will be held in two parts, the first from October 12 to 22 and the second from November 1 to 14.
As part of the programme, applications will be accepted for green ration cards under the Jharkhand State Food Security Scheme, Savitribai Phule Kishori Samridhi Yojana, Chief Minister’s Livestock Development Scheme, Sarvajan Pension Yojana, and Kisan Credit Card (KCC), among others.
To promote girl child education, the government offers Rs 2,500 for students in Classes VIII and IX and Rs 5,000 for students in Classes X and XII under the Kishori Samridhi Yojana. Furthermore, the state government has promised a girl Rs 20,000 after she turns 18. Generally, a girl student may be eligible to receive up to Rs 40,000 under this program.
Asked about the Sarvajan Pension Yojana, under which the state has resumed the pension plan, Soren stated, “I met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked for assistance to provide pensions to all the poor, but he did not listen to us.”
The PM was informed that Jharkhand has the highest number of workers among all states. In addition, the state has a high rate of poverty. There is a need for a pension for every old person. Nevertheless, nothing was done. We took the matter into our own hands, and now every widow and old person will receive a pension directly in their bank account,” he said.
Also, Soren attacked the BJP, stating that it did not care for the poor and appeased only the rich and industrialists.
In the first 20 years following Jharkhand’s statehood, the Opposition destroyed it, so how are we expected to rebuild it in one and ahalf years? On top of that, the Covid-19 pandemic struck us shortly after our government was elected,” Soren explained.
As the CM spoke, some members of the audience chanted anti-government slogans. Despite the demands of health workers (Sahiya/Anganwadi workers), Soren continued to speak.
According to Alam Ara, a Sahiya worker in the Jharkhand health department, ground-level healthcare workers in the state require more attention. She continued to chant slogans against the chief minister, saying, “We receive very little pay and the government has completely ignored us.”.
In the meantime, beneficiaries of the scheme who received financial assistance or equipment expressed satisfaction with the coalition government led by JMM.