Manoharpur (Jharkhand): Pledging all amenities to the tribals residing in the villages near the Saranda forest, once the Maoist hotbed, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh has appealed to the tribals to abstain from liquor.

"Now that the Maoists have gone and development works have begun in your village, you have another big task to overcome. Giving up consumption of liquor and making your village a dry zone," the Union Rural Development Minister told the villagers of Dodari in Manoharpur block of West Singhbhum district.

Stating that he was neither the MLA nor MP of the area, Ramesh said he had come there many times, because he wanted to provide the tribals a better life. "But I have seen women here are working from dawn to dusk while men are whiling away time taking liquor from noon. You have to pledge that you would make your village a dry zone," Ramesh exhorted the dwellers, with whom he interacted with close proximity during his visit here to mark the Republic Day celebrations.

Assuring that the Centre would give them more roads, more development projects, he said, "My next promise to you is providing electricity. During my next visit, I should see electric lamps in your households."

(Agencies)

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