The process of recruitment of 18,000 school teachers would begin from January, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das said today. Stating that his priority has been on education since the formation of his government, Das said computer classes would be made available for class IX and X. Separate skill training programme would be started for students weak in studies but sharp in skill intelligence, an official release said quoting the Chief Minister. Addressing a pre-budget conference here, Das said he was ready to give account of every paisa before the people and keep its work before the people when his government completes two years in office on December 28. Stating that people had participated in the budget process in 2016-17, Das said he came again to know people's opinion on 2017-18 budget. The government was pondering over how to simplify commercial taxes, Das said adding efforts are on to reopen closed mines. Seeking to know from the opposition parties what they had done for tribals in the previous 14 years, he said a Primitive Tribal Development Authority would be set up soon. The government was also pondering over to give 35 kg grain packet to BPL families and efforts were also on to set up ration shops in panchayat buildings, he said. The government was also trying to give health insurance to 80 per cent people so that they could get a coverage between Rs 50,000 and two lakh. Calling upon the well to do section of the society to do some special work for the poor people---at least constructing one or two toilets, the chief minister said he would work towards cutting down the total number of BPL families to half in the next three years. He would make available four lakh rupees for BPL families to start self-employment, the release said. The chief minister said his government was working for every section, particularly BPL families and tribals and they would get the benefits of amended Chhotanagpur Tenancy Act/ Santhal Pargana Tenancy Act very soon.
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