Jharkhand’s former and present legislators to get land: CM

Ranchi, March 14 (IANS) The legislators and former MLAs in Jharkhand will get land and the state government is in the process to identifying such land, Chief Minister Raghubar Das said on Monday.

He was responding after Marxist Coordination Committee (MCC) legislator Arup Chatterjee raised in the assembly the issue of hunger strike by certain former legislators on the issue.

“Some legislators are on a hunger strike. They have deposited money but the land has not been made available to them. There are 142 ex-legislators who have deposited money for the land,” Chatterjee said.

The chief minister said: “Some land has been identified while the process to identify other land is on. Urban Development Minister C.P. Singh has been assigned the job. Land will be provided to legislators and ex-legislators under the provisions of the Society Act.”

During the current budget session, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Saryu Rai earlier announced that the limit of coupons for legislators for rail and air travel had been hiked from Rs.3 lakh to Rs.5 lakh per annum and for ex-legislators from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.3 lakh.

The Jharkhand government also announced a hike in the local area development fund of the legislators from Rs.3 crore to Rs.4 crore.

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