New Delhi: As many as 36 villages in the Saranda forests of Jharkhand, which have been very recently freed from a decade old clutches of Maoist dominance, is set to see a new dawn of development with the Centre planning to lit up the houses in these villages with solar lanterns.

Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh in a meeting with Jharkhand Deputy Chief Minister Suresh Mahto on Monday gave green signal to Centre’s Rs 300 crore programme of distributing solar lanterns, bicycles and transistors to the villagers of Saranda forest.

The ministers also settled some outstanding issues on other development programmes in the state that were awaiting Centre’s nod.

Amongst the state development issues, road construction projects under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna(PMGSY) were the most significant. The Central Government has decided to grant Rs 800 crore this fiscal year on the project.

Moreover, the state government will get Rs 1200 crore and Rs 1400 crore during 2012-13 and 2013-14 fiscals respectively under PMGSY.

The Union Minster also assured the Deputy Chief Minister to have immediate actions on other pending projects.

Speaking in context to the recently freed 36 villages, Jairam assured speedy development of the region. The projects of road construction, providing safe drinking water, pension programmes and employment generating programmes through MNREGA to the villagers are on the forthcoming list.

Along with providing shelters to the natives under Indira Awas Yojna, the government will also provide 4 hectares of forest land to every family under the Forest Rights Act.

JPN/Bureau