President Kovind launches schemes worth Rs 3,455 cr in Jharkhand

Ram Nath Kovind
Ranchi: President Ram Nath Kovind addresses during the foundation stone laying ceremony and inauguration of various projects on the 17th foundation day of Jharkhand in Ranchi on Nov 15, 2017. (Photo: IANS/RB)

Ranchi, Nov 15: President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday laid the foundation stones of various schemes entailing total expenditure of Rs 3,455 crore in Jharkhand to coincide with the state’s 17th Foundation Day.

Kovind inaugurated the Rs 636-crore ‘Mukhyamantri Health Insurance Scheme’ which will be beneficial for 57 lakh of the 68 lakh families in the state. Beneficiaries will get treatment costing Rs 2 lakh under the scheme.

The President also kicked off the Rs 290-crore ‘108 Ambulance’ service in the state.

He  launched JOHAR (Jharkhand’s Opportunities for Harnessing Rural Development) schemes entailing expenditure of Rs 1,500 crore to help tribal and Dalit families double their incomes in four years.

Apart from this, Kovind also laid the foundation stones of two flyovers at Harmu and Kantatoli, which will cost Rs 490 crore.

Kovind arrived in Ranchi on Wednesday morning and paid tributes to freedom fighter Birsa Munda at the Birsa Chowk.

The President had also tweeted tributes to Birsa Munda on his 142nd birth anniversary. “Tributes to freedom fighter and national hero ‘Dharti Aba’ Birsa Munda… I am happy to be visiting Jharkhand on this day,” the President had tweeted.

Jharkand was established on November in 2000.

Addressing after the launching of various schemes, the President said: “I am happy that Jharkhand is progressing as per its potential. Jharkhand has jumped to the top from bottom in ease of doing business.”

He recalled the sacrifice of freedom fighters from the present-day Jharkhand, including Birsa Munda, Sidhu Murmu, Kanhu Murmu, and others.

Chief Minister Raghubar Das said the state’s people will be forever indebted to then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who understood their feelings and created Jharkhand.

“Now no one can convert anyone through allurement. We may be poor, but our religion is not for sale”, he added.

Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu also congratulated the state’s people on the Foundation Day.

Wefornews Bureau 

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