Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda has emphasised on giving special status to the state. Intensifying the demand for giving special status to the state, Munda said, “Is our state supposed to produce oxygen only? There are 10,500 villages which are backward and required for bringing in the social mainstream.”

“The progress in this area is far lower than the expectations. The mineral resources of Jharkhand enable India to be a rich country. But the state does not get enough royalty. There are so many enterprises in Jharkhand but they do not have their headquarters here which is causing huge loss to the state,” he added.

Munda, who completed one year of his third innings as a Chief Minister, boasts his achievements that include organising National Games, Panchayat elections, implementation of Right to Service Act and Electronic Service Delivery Act in the state.

However, the Munda government had to face tough opposition on the issue of encroachment and iron ore.

Pulling up the Centre for not getting proper cooperation, he said, “It’s time to implement the schemes. Our main thrust will be on roads and electricity. We are also trying to overcome the technical hurdles. We are expanding national highways and the state will soon be self-sufficient in power generation too. The work is on and the results will soon be visible.”