Ranchi: The Jharkhand government is all set to loosen its purse strings which could be a bonanza for the poor on the occasion of Independence Day.  The state government has decided to launch hosts of schemes which include Chief Minister pulse-rice scheme, mother-child protection programme and diabetes check-ups of pregnant women.  

Under the pulse-rice scheme, the poor will get a plate of steamed rice, pulse along with vegetable at Rs 5. The government will open one hundred centers at bus stand, railway station and other public places in the state in order to execute the scheme.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda has sanctioned Rs 350 crore for the scheme.

Under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), the pregnant women will not be charged for delivery from Monday. All the pregnant women will be given free check-ups, medicine, food, blood, etc.

Also, the pregnant women will undergo caesarean operation free of cost. Under the normal delivery women will get free food for three days while those undergoing caesarean will be provided food for seven days.

JPN/Bureau