The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Jharkhand ends the year with a promise of more growth, jobs and keeping Acche Din hopes alive amidst opposition parties’ branding it as ‘the government for the corporate.’
The Raghubar Das brigade could fulfil only two out of 12 manifesto promises this year. But, even its staunch critics admit that it has somehow managed to keep things going by rolling out a number of pro-poor schemes, opening avenues for employment and industrial growth and putting a leash on Maoist activities.
The claim which state’s main opposition party Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) endorsed when its chief Sibu Soren admitted during a press conference in Jamshedpur on December 26 that the government was performing well. Food and public distribution minister Saryu Rai dubbed Soren’s praise “the biggest achievement of the NDA.”
Political observers say that the first non-tribal chief minister of the state Raghubar Das has scored some points by getting ready the plan to facelift 4000-odd tribal villages, Adivasi Parishad and skill training and employment opportunities for youths and women in the first year of governance. However, the Congress doesn’t buy it at all.
State Congress president Sukhdeo Bhagat calls NDA the party of empty announcements and says, “Chief minister Raghubar Das had promised a domicile policy by April-end, which was later extended to the year end. But, he is silent on the issue now.”
Pending domicile issue no doubt a sticking point for the Das government besides his inability to stop “the transfer industry” as promised. But, his efforts to get the National Food Security Act (NFSA) implemented--a decision which had been pending for the past two years, administrative reorganization and e-governance, tilt the balance in his government’s favour, political experts say.
The state had rolled out the NFSA from October 1 this year which made over 2.33 crore people entitled for 5 kg rice and wheat every month at the subsidised rate of Re 1. Besides, his government launched 54 citizen centres online which serve under the Right to Guarantee of Services Act. The services were made available at Pragya Kendras (common service centre) of more than 3,000 panchayats out of 4562 in the state.
The CM launched 13 mobile applications on November 15 as part of its ongoing efforts to take governance from computers to mobiles, they observers say and chief minister Raghubar Das compliments by saying that the technology switch has helped make governance more transparent and reduced the corrupt interplay of brokers and middlemen up to the block level.
Urban development minister CP Singh sums it up as “one year is not enough to judge a government,” but, it is a fact that the Das government has set the development ball rolling in every field.” However, JMM spokespersons Supriyo Bhattacharya counters it by saying that the government has failed to attract big industries and generate employment and whatever it has done so far only favours the corporate.
Economists echo a similar sentiment and say that announcements had been more than their implementation on the ground. Ranchi university head of department (economics), Ramesh Saran argues why the government could not bring a clear-cut policy on domicile and land acquisition. Federation of Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FJCCI) President Pawan Sharma puts the it in different words and says, “The government has taken several positive steps towards development. But, their follow-up has been poor.”
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