Banlotwa is the first 'alcohol-free' village in Ranchi district. The chief minister also gave Rs 1 lakh cash to the village head of Banlotwa, following his announcement two years ago that any village becoming alcohol-free would be given the money for its development, the official said.
Chief Minister Raghubar Das while lauding the efforts taken by villagers of Banlotwa near Ranchi underlined the value of community participation for social cause. The village has been declared alcohol-free, especially after local women went against the menace. ."The people of this village have joined hands to make the village 'nasa mukt’. Change or development could not happen without the participation of people, Das said.
“My Government is here to change the face of every village and bring smile on the faces of everyone. Still there are problems of poverty, unemployment, migration and illiteracy and we are working to eliminate these evils”, said the CM addressing the villagers.
He also added that the villagers of Jharkhand were capable of changing the fate of their villages and their families. He said the rural youths, especially girls, had the potential to bring about the desired change in the society. He was addressing a gathering in Banlotwa village of Ormanjhi during a function organized to celebrate de-addiction of the said village.
Das said any major change or transformation required active participation of the people. He said Banlotwa was one such example of change. “The people of Banlotwa have freed the village of addiction of all kinds. Even the state government is working with such an aim and willpower. We want to ensure greater participation of the people. This is why development committees are being set up in villages,” he said.