No plans to implement old pension scheme, ban liquor in Jharkhand: Hemant

Ranchi: Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Monday said that the government has no plans to implement the old pension scheme in the state. Replying to a question raised by Poriyahaat MLA Pradeep Yadav during the Chief Minister question hour in the ongoing budget session of the Jharkhand assembly he said that currently the new pension scheme is being implemented in Jharkhand and there was no proposal to implement the old pension scheme in the state.

He said that whenever proposal will be brought before the government it would consider the same and will take a call after making a necessary assessment. Earlier MLA Pradeep Yadav had sought a response from the Chief Minister as to whether he had plans to implement the old pension scheme in the state on the likes of Rajasthan.

To another query raised by Congress MLA Deepika Pandey Singh demanding for complete liquor ban in Jharkhand, the Chief Minister said that there was no proposal to impose a complete ban on liquor in Jharkhand. He said that the state government was too worried over the safety of the women and pointed that under Phulo-Jhano Aashirwad Yojana 25, 000 women have been freed from selling Hadiya- Daru and have been linked with other employment generating schemes.

To a query raised by BJP’s Nirsa MLA Aparna Sengupta, the Chief Minister announced that the kin/family members of the people who have lost their lives in the Jamtara boat tragedy will be given a compensation of Rs 4 lakh by the state government. He also announced that a bridge will be e constructed on the river.

He said that a DPR will be prepared and as per the requirement a big bridge will be built on the river and funding allocation will be also increased. On the other hand, BJP MLA from Deoghar Narayan Das sought a reply from the Chief Minister as to whether the benefits of the Foreign University scholarship scheme will be extended to the students hailing from the SC community.

On this, the Chief Minister said that in the year 2021-22 six students from the ST community was sent to study abroad in foreign Universities and they were given 100 percent scholarship. He said that in the speech of the Governor it has been clearly mentioned that the government wants to increase its ambit and students from SC, OBCs and minorities will be also included under the scheme.

He said that going forward in 2022-23 more children will be included under the scheme. A total of six questions were asked over the policy-related matters over which the Chief Minister gave his response.

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