Jharkhand officials gear up to develop Jain pilgrimage site-Parasnath

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Representational Picture Courtesy:Jain Temples at Parasnath Hills, Shikarji

After adopting ‘Saranda Action Plan’ (SAP),the Centre in league with Jharkhand government and security forces had sought to develop Saranda forest in West Singhbhum district.It approved Rs 248.48 crore for SAP.This was in 2011.

Now,when SAP continued to be implemented in its 56 villages,the state government has sought to use the same model of development in Parasnath forest in Giridih district.

Unlike Saranda(meaning ‘seven hundred hill)- a dense forest in the hilly region along the border of Jharkhand and Orissa-Parasnath hill is a Jain pilgrimage site, the place where twenty of the twenty four Tirthankaras along with many other saints attained Nirvana.It is also the area where the Maoists had been dominating for years.

On Friday,the state government led by Chief Minister Raghubar Das,its officials led by Chief Secretary Rajiv Gauba and the police headed by DGP D.K.Pandey made their first move to prepare and take forward Parasnath Action Plan with a two fold aim.

One,develop Parasnath as a famous tourist spot.Two,expedite development work to improve the livelihood of its people and drive away the Maoists from this famous Jain pilgrimage site.

They held meeting at Madhuban,located on the foothills of Parasnath.To begin with they decided to set up a police station at Madhuban where a 17 point programme was adopted to develop Parasnath along Vaishno Devi Shrine model.

To begin with, Madhuban where an Out Post prevailed since long is set to hold a Police Station.”All efforts will be made to develop Parasnath as a hub of tourists.It will be linked with excellent road,hospital,school,hotel and security force”,said a report quoting Giridih Deputy Commissioner Dr Mukesh Kumar.

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