Saturday, August 08, 2009

Jharkhand demands special package of Rs 5,000 crore

New Delhi, Aug 7 (PTI) Congress leaders from Jharkhand today demanded a special package of Rs 5,000 crore for development from the Centre.

A delegation of leaders led by Union Minister Subodh Kant Sahay met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and submitted a memorandum highlighting problems of "disease, malnutrition, poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, neglect and exploitation" faced by the people in the state.

"We have sought a special package for Jharkhand, time bound target specific programmes for development and relief measures for drought hit areas," AICC in-charge for Jharkhand K Keshava Rao told reporters after meeting the Prime Minister.

Sahay said the Prime Minister assured them that there would be no dearth of funds for the state.

The delegation also apprised the PM of problems like scarcity of drinking water, absence of health care facilities, deteriorating law and order, increased Naxal violence and rampant corruption in the state.

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