Jharkhand Govt declares 129 blocks across 18 districts of state ‘drought hit’

Ranchi, Nov 20 (UNI) The Jharkhand Government today declared 129 blocks of the
state spread across 18 districts of the state as drought hit.

A decision in this regard was taken in the meeting of the state cabinet which was
chaired by Chief Minister Raghubar Das at the project building here.

In the meeting it was decided that due to delay in monsoon which resulted in
delay in sowing which coupled with hail storms in the month of September the
129 blocks spread across 18 districts have been declared drought hit.

In another key decision it also decided to reduce the VAT on basic prices of
diesel and petrol by Rs 2.50 while the government also gave nod to make
amendments in the bio-laws of Jharkhand Zoo Authority which is listed for the
Bhagwan Birsa Munda Zoo Ormanjhi. 

It was decided to spend Rs 120 crore to increase the number of seats for
MBBS in RIMS Ranchi from the present 150 to 250 which is part of a centre
sponsored scheme having expenditure in the ration of 60:40 (centre 60 pc
and state government 40 pc).

The cabinet agreed to make amendments in the criteria’s for standard
bidding documents for works worth more than Rs 2.50 crore under the
drinking water and the cleanliness department. The maximum limit of
discretionary funds to be given by the chief minister was also amended.

The government also decided to constitute necessary posts for newly
constituted Putki Kaliyasol and Egyarkund circle areas of Dhanbad district
alongwith that of newly formed circle areas of Maango of Jamshedpur. 

It also decided to transfer 17.31 acres of land in Mohanpur circle area of
Deoghar district to Union Railways Ministry for construct of
Mohanpur-Hansdiha new BG Line.

The Insides Speak.