CM promises to make Jharkhand plastic-free
Chief Minister Raghubar Das has vowed to make Jharkhand plastic free by 2019. On the occasion of World Environment Day in Ranchi, Das called upon common citizens to join hands with authorities to achieve the goal and promoted eco-friendly products such as bamboo, leaves and grasses etc intrinsic to the State. In order to push the efforts taken by the State Pollution Control Board to control indiscriminate uses of polythene carry bags across Jharkhand, the government has set a deadline. Das said the State has plenty of natural resources such as bamboo. “Employing women and tribals in making an array of green products and artifacts will help us in doubling their income,” he said.
Conclave on environment held
Taking an initiative to showcase different dimensions of environment and to minimise the adverse impact of pollution, a week-long ‘Environmental Conclave’ and ‘Paryavaran Mela’ was held for the first time in Jharkhand by ‘Yugantar Bharti’ from May 29 to June 5. Government departments and corporate agencies took part in the conclave, raising awareness about the disasters of pollution created by different sources. The idea behind the initiative was to propagate clean environment message among local craftsmen and artisans, academic institutions, local bodies so that an initiative could be taken towards environmental and ecological management and augmentation.
Scuffles: RIMS to depute ex-Army men
After several instances of clashes between attendants of patients and duty staff, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) has decided to recruit ex-Army men for security purposes in the state’s largest Medical College and Hospital. Meanwhile, a show cause notice has been issued against the security agency - Everest Human Resource Consultant — on Wednesday to reply within three days. According to the RIMS administration, guards provided by the agency remain mute spectators during clashes at the hospital premises. Moreover, the guards have failed to check instances of theft from the hospital premises, claimed the administration. Junior doctors and students have also complained several times that they feel insecure in spite of having security guards in RIMS.
Shutdown protest against flyover project
As many as 400 shops on Harmu Raod remained closed on Friday in protest against the construction of a proposed flyover project that would lead to the demolition of these shops partly or entirely. The 2.34 km-long flyover will require 246.056 decimal of government land and another 296.028 decimal of private land. It is to be constructed from LPN Shahdeo Chowk on Kanke Road to Kartik Oraon Chowk in Harmu. Shopkeepers said despite submitting requisition several times for compensation and other benefits, the State government was yet to listen to their pleas. Nearly 80 per cent of the people do not want to lend their land and the project is facing demonstration since 2016 after the project was handed over to the Jharkhand Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation (JUIDCO).
Our correspondent in Jharkhand