Dainik Bhaskar recently celebrated its second anniversary in Jharkhand. The paper had entered the state with the launch of its Ranchi edition in August 2010, followed by the Jamshedpur and Dhanbad editions in December 2010 and April 2011, respectively.
As part of the celebrations, a special 16-page issue was released along with the main newspaper, which highlighted the socio-economic changes witnessed in Jharkhand in last few years, taking it that much closer to achieving the dream state status. Last year, on the first anniversary the special issue had spoken about the thought of ‘Badlav Miljulkar’ (collective change).
While at the one end it celebrated the new hope of peace brought about by security forces, record rice cultivation, increased forest coverage, new surge of corporates entering Jharkhand, and increased and enhanced tourism, on the other side, it also focussed on areas where work needs to be speeded up with detailed action plans. These include corruption, the lethargic and hence ineffective government machinery in stopping deforestation, lack of food-processing and storage network even after huge surge in fruit production and lack of health services at the grass root level.
The issue also presented thoughts and possible action in the fields of investment, health, education, culture, agriculture, literature forest cover, village governance, sport and tourism.