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Ranchi (By our correspondent): Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das declared Ranchi as complete electrified district and said that the state government was taking rapid steps to ensure that across Jharkhand 24x7 power was available to the people. Addressing a function organised at the Angada block of this district he said that in the last 67 years power had reached only in 4 lakh homes but his government in the last four years ensured the reach of power 2.13 lakh homes of the district. On the occasion, the Chief Minister also laid foundation stones to set up 132/33 KV grid substations in Irba and Silli. He said that in the state all homes will be electrified by 2018 end while construction of 257 substations and 60 new grids will be done by 2019 to provide uninterrupted power supply to the people.
The Chief Minister asked the people to do solar farming in the state which would be purchased by the state government at the rate of Rs 3 per unit while apart from that 50 grant will also be provided for this scheme which will also provide income and bring power in the area. He said that the people of the state have helped save Rs 648 crore with the use of LED bulbs and urged the people to maximize its use in the homes. During the function, the Chief Minister prayed to Goddess Laxmi and Maa Kali so that power of the people and the state government can work together to remove the poverty from the state. He said that the state government was committed to make a change in the lives of the poor and the tribals.
Mr. Das said that girls are not less then boys in any sphere of like and pointed the daughter bring values in two families, therefore, the state government has launched the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign which is aimed at educating and making the girls self-reliant.
Adding further the Chief Minister said that for the empowerment of the women property in their name is being registered at just Re 1
and so far 1.10 lakh women have been benefitted by the scheme and soon the uniforms in schools will be built by the self-help groups
for which they would be provided training and sewing machines.
Mr. Das said that had the previous governments set up value-added power plants than Jharkhand would have been selling power but currently it was selling its coal to light up the nation. He said that work for building the 4000 MW power plant in Patratu was on apart from that works related to distribution, transmission, and strengthening of the power sector in the state. He assured the people that despite some minor hiccups currently being faced soon power will be available for 24 hours in Jharkhand.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister also distributed school uniforms among the children and grant under Johar Yojana worth Rs 7.47 lakh, Rs 1.39 crore among women and self help groups while a cheque of Rs 10 lakh was also handed over to Adivasi Vikas Samiti Kanke for development works. He also gave appointment letters on compensatory grounds to Ramcharit Lohra and Kusheswari Devi and handed letter of appreciation to the Ranchi DC, DDC and other for achieving complete electrification work in Ranchi.