Most of Jharkhandi politicians including chief minister can not read, write and speak in English
Now days no body can ignore the importance of English language, that is the most acceptable international language and has been used as primary official language in India.
So, most of official things have been documented in English along with regional languages. And, thinking of a better communication all lawmakers and government of India's officers should be comfortable with English.
In India, without knowing English, it's very hard to get a job in most of the sectors. Higher and technical educations are not available in regional languages. It is sad to note that, most of Jharkhandi politicians including chief minister can not read, write and speak in English. They advocate for using regional languages to general public though prefer to educate their children in English medium school.
Ranchi, Nov 13 (IANS) Chief minister since Aug 27 and only 15 days in the state secretariat. Tongues have begun wagging in Jharkhand over how Chief Minister Shibu Soren seems busier in transferring officials and inaugurating district blocks rather than getting down to the nitty gritty of governance.
According to officials in the chief minister's office (CMO), Soren has attended office in the state secretariat for just 15 days in the two-and-a-half-months since he took over. He prefers to see files at home or at the CMO attached to his official residence.
In the weeks that he has been in power, Soren has transferred 13 Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officials, 20 sub-divisional officials and 63 block development officers (BDO). He has also inaugurated more than 20 new block offices.
A block office is the lowest in the administrative system pyramid. The BDO plans and implements development schemes in villages and resolves issues related to land.
Jharkhand has only 148 BDOs for 212 blocks, located about 20-30 km from each other.
The opposition seems to have got the ammunition it has been looking for with Soren's absence from office.
'Soren does not seem to be serious regarding development of the state. He hardly sits in the secretariat. We are not against new blocks but Soren should ensure that BDOs are appointed through service commissions by creating posts,' former chief minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arjun Munda told IANS.
Opposition leaders feel that Soren is transferring officials with an eye to the upcoming Lok Sabha election.
In the current financial year, the Jharkhand government has been able to spend only 33 percent of its development funds.
December 20, 2008 Ranchi (PTI): There was a din in the Jharkhand assembly on Saturday over English language when Independent MLA Inder Singh Namdhari asked Health minister Bhanu Pratap Sahi to read out a court order written in English with a tinge of sarcasm, leading to a brief adjournment.
Pandemonium broke out when Namdhari boasted in the House that he was academically superior to Sahi and that he understood things better, angering JPCC president Pradeep Balmachu, CLP leader Manoj Yadav and a host of other ruling bench MLAs.
They rushed to the well in protest against the Indepenent MLA's remarks against the minister.
Deputy Chief Minister Stephen Marandi said knowledge of English langauage did not necessarily indicate to intellectuality and that in a democracy any person could become MLA.
The opposition NDA MLAs joined when Sahi and HRD minister Bandhu Tirkey asked Namdhari not to boast of his merits and that others were equally good.
The Speaker adjourned House for half-an-hour to cool down the tempers of the legislators across the floor.
It all began on a Namdhari query that why the Health department evoked suspension of an officer facing corruption charges and the minister showing a High Court order of quashing it in his defence.
He was the Minister for Coal in the Union Cabinet in November 2006, when a Delhi district court found him guilty in the murder of his private secretary Shashi Nath Jha in 1994. He has also been indicted in the past on other criminal charges.
Soren was born in Nemra village of Hazaribagh district, JharkhandStates and territories of India. He completed his schooling from the same district. After schooling, he got married and decided to work with his father who was a farmer. He has three sons—Durga, Hemant, and Basant—and a daughter, Anjali.
He started his political career in the early 1970s and rose to become a tribal leader. On 23 January1975, he was alledly part of a mob that attacked the Muslim-dominated Chirudih village in Jamtara district in a campaign to drive away "outsiders", a term used to describe non-tribals. Ten people including nine Muslims were killed in the attack. Along with sixty eight others, he was charged with murder.
He lost his first Lok Sabha election in 1977. He was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1980. In 1986, an arrest warrant was issued against him. He was subsequently elected to the Lok Sabha in 1989, 1991 and 1996 as well. In 2002, he was elected to the Rajya Sabha with the help of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He won the Dumka Lok Sabha seat in a by-election the same year and resigned his Rajya Sabha seat. He was re-elected in 2004.
He became the Union Coal Minister in the Manmohan Singh government, but was asked to resign following an arrest warrant in his name in the thirty-year old Chirudih case. After the warrant was issued, he initially went underground. He resigned on 24 July2004. He was able to secure bail after spending over a month in judicial custody; released on bail in September 8, he was re-inducted into the Union Cabinet and given back the coal ministry on 27 November2004, as part of a deal for a Congress-JMM alliance before assembly elections in Jharkhand in February/March 2005.
On 2 March2005, he was invited to form the government in Jharkhand by the Governor of Jharkhand, Syed Sibtey Razi. He resigned as Chief Minister nine days later, on 11 March, following his failure to obtain a vote of confidence in the assembly.
Life imprisonment and acquittal
On 28 November2006, Soren was found guilty of murder in the twelve year old case of the kidnapping and murder of his former personal secretary Shashinath Jha. Apparently Jha was abducted from the Dhaula Kuan area in Delhi on May 22, 1994 and taken to Piska Nagari village near Ranchi where he was killed. The CBI chargesheet stated that Jha's knowledge of the reported deal between the Congress and the JMM to save the then Narasimha Rao government during the July 1993 no-confidence motion and an act of sodomy was the motive behind the murder. The charge-sheet asserted that: "Jha was aware of the illegal transactions and also expected and demanded a substantial share out of this amount from Soren." 
Soren has resigned from his post of Union Minister for Coal after Prime MinisterManmohan Singh demanded that he do so in the wake of the verdict. This is the first case of a Union Minister of the Government of India being found guilty of involvement in a murder. On 5 December2006, Shibu Soren was sentenced to life imprisonment; he still awaits trial in the Chirudih case.
Recently a Delhi court rejected his bail plea, stating: 'We cannot overlook the fact that the appellant (Soren) has been convicted after a detailed and elaborate trial only in November 2006 and sentenced in December 2006.' The bench also noted that he was also being tried in a number of other cases, including the case of mass murder in Jharkhand.
Subsequently however, the court pulled up the prosecuting attorney, R M Tiwari of the (Central Bureau of Investigation), for "not doing its homework" and presenting weak evidence.
On June 25, 2007, Shibu Soren was being escorted to his jail in Dumka, Jharkhand when his convoy was attacked by bombs, but no one was hurt.
The Delhi High Court on 23 Aug 2007 overruled the District Court and acquitted Soren, . stating that "the prosecution has miserably failed in bringing home the charge against the accused persons. The trial court's analysis is far from convincing and not sustainable."
The five men convicted by the Tis Hazari court were held guilty of criminal conspiracy, abduction and murder primarily on the basis of forensic evidence provided by a post-mortem report of a body discovered in Jharkhand, namely a skull superimposition test and skull injury report. This was in addition to eyewitness accounts and some circumstantial evidence. But the DNA that had been extracted from the skeleton did not match Jha's immediate family: in its judgment overruling the district court, the High Court bench wondered how the trial judge could have "ignored the well-established fact that a DNA test is considered conclusive evidence while skull superimposition tests only allude to a probability", concluding that the skeleton was not Jha and that the case reduced to merely circumstantial evidence.