Ask him whom he adores as an icon at the global level and pat comes his reply mentioning the name of Kofi Annan.
“I admire him for his great achievements in life”,said Jharkhand chief minister Arjun Munda in an interview to JharkhandStateNews.com
Munda,who was on a five day tour-or ‘Johar Yatra’-to Jamshedpur and Chaibasa by road,was spotted hearing Annan’s speech on his Samsung Tablet inside his official residence in Ranchi on Saturday last.
”Apart from his wide knowledge and understanding of the international diplomacy,he has divine voice”,he said in reply to a querry.
Annan,(born 8 April 1938)a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, from 1 January 1997 to 31 December 2006 and together with the United Nations became the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for his founding of theGlobal AIDS and Health Fund to support developing countries in their struggle to care for their people,was,during 23 February until 31 August 2012, was the UN –Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria.
He,who is understood to have helped find a resolution to ongoing conflict there,had quit after becoming frustrated with the UN’s lack of progress with regard to conflict resolution,stating that “when the Syrian people desperately need action, there continues to be finger-pointing and name-calling in the Security Council.”
Told that Annan was known for resolving many conflict of interests,Munda said:”That’s is what a true leader does.I have no doubt that his contributions will always serve as a source of inspiration to all generations of politicians in future.”
Asked if he has resolved any one conflict of interest in the state,Munda replied in the affirmative.Citing an example of his contribution in the field of power sector,he said that during his first term as CM,the power shortage was a routine.Several districts,towns and villages did not get power for days together.
Munda said that he realized that if the problem had to be over come,the generation had to increase.And if the generation and distribution had to be sustainable,it had to be on public-private –partnership mode,he observed.”Which is why I prevailed upon the government to sign MoUs with private companies (during 2003-06) to set up thermal power plants.Now the results have begun to come out in the open.”
On the inaugural day of his yatra,Munda kick started the state’s first private power company- Adhunik power plant -in his home town-Saraikela-Kharsawan on Tuesday.The plant is producing 270 MW to begin with.Two more private plants owned by Essar and Abhijeet are slated to start production in 2003.
The state’s current need is about 2,100 MW.”By 2017,half a dozen government and private plants under construction right now,will start production of 8000 MW. This will make our state power surplus vanishing darkness from every home in Jharkhand and other parts of the country”,said Munda.