Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda on Saturday accused the Centre of being indifferent to the problems inherited by the state when it was carved out of Bihar.
   
"Be it the prime minister, finance minister, home minister or planning commission, everyone has been apprised of the state’s problems. These problems have to be addressed yet the Centre is indifferent towards addressing them," Munda, who had on Friday alleged that the Centre had a "pick and choose" policy to accord special status to a state, told the assembly.
   
Alleging that financial matters of states depended largely on the Centre and that it was reflected in the various five-year plans, he said, "The house knows how much Jharkhand gets (royalty from the Centre) in return of its resources."
   
Pointing out how the poor live in miserable conditions in the state, he said that the state had to outline its own priorities on the basis of geo-socio-economic which were different from other states.
   
Outlining the government’s initiatives in introducing Right to Service Act, Electronic Service Delivery Act, Dal-rice for five rupees plate and other welfare plans, Munda said his government was committed to taking constructive steps for all round development of the state.
   
The government, he said, has pledged devolution of powers to enable people’s participation through the panchayat system.
   
"Each panchayat is making development projects worth one crore rupees and it will be implemented," he said.
   
He said panchayats would be empowered in social security, social service and other development works.

Later, the house adjourned sine die.

(Agencies)