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MLA in action mode starts working before taking the oath

Giridih: We often crib about Minster of Parliament (MP) and Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) not doing their job post-election result declarations. But winds of change can be felt in Giridih Assembly constituency.

For their newly elected Jharkhand Mukhti Morcha (JMM) MLA Sudivya Kumar Sonu has jumped into action within few days of getting elected. Sonu is yet to take his oath, as Jharkhand’s Vidhan Sabha Session will be commencing from January 6.

In the past 10 days, the legislator has paid a visit to Giridih Sadar Hospital to check for negligence in treatment, met Electricity Department officials, and inspected an under-constructed road.

“Following the instructions of Vidhayak Ji, I talked to the hospital surgeon to know about the lack of facilities and infrastructure in the hospital. He informed about the lack of medicine allotment and the absence of rabies vaccine in Giridih Sadar Hospital. Giridih district also doesn’t have good doctors, I will be talking about the same with the government,” said Sanjay Singh, JMM’s district president.

“Our policy will remain like, we will first give facilities and then seek an explanation from the department, why they are not functioning well or why common man is not being served well.”

Singh further said, “The hospital was dirty, so we have told the municipality officials to have it cleaned and given instructions for the maintenance of cleanliness and hygiene, a major issue with government hospitals.”

He also said that, besides Sadar Hospital, the Mother hospital will also be provided with adequate manpower, doctors and infrastructure to convert them into well-maintained and functional health centres.

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On the issue of erratic power supply, Sanjay said, “Power cut is a big issue in Giridih. We will ensure ‘zero power cut’ in the near future. At present Giridih rural area needs 45 Megha Watt electricity but it only gets 20 Megha Watt. Grid is ready and will be getting electricity from March, but Giridih is under the command area of Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC), so we will also keep DVC.”

He also mentioned that at present, electricity board repairs one transformer in a day’s work, which they have requested the department to double.

Moving on to talk about water supply issues, which haunts Giridih district every summer,  Sanjay mentioned about deepening the Khandoli Dam reservoir by two meters, that it can store more water for the summer season.

We are also working to finalize the bypass road too. The construction of it has been on hold for long, it will start soon.

The local JMM committee is also in a process of forming small groups so that they can be assigned the task of following up grievances in different departments. But this team will become functional only after Sonu takes his oath.

“All these things have happened in little time, as JMM has a functional local unit and cadres at the grass-root level. Sonu, over the three decades, has a deep connection with every cadre of JMM,” claimed Pankaj Taha, another senior JMM leader.

The Giridih JMM MLA meets his visitors at party office itself. A time slot has been fixed for his daily office visitors.

Sonu while talking to eNewsroom explained his initiative, “From my MLA fund, we will purchase at least ten tractor trolleys, so that when a transformer gets defunct, the trolley with a working transformer will be installed there to continue supply till the defunct one gets repaired.”

“We are here to change the work culture, and officials have to change to better serve common man,” he added.

While Chief Minister Hemant Soren, after assuming office, made it clear that the JMM led gathbandhan government will be pro-people one and will take decisions in the interest of the people of Jharkhand.

The last word came from JMM district president, “If people have voted for change, then they will see the change in everything, soon.”

Shahnawaz Akhtar

is Founder of eNewsroom. He loves doing human interest, political and environment related stories.

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