Rawat govt report card: BJP workers complain of slow delivery, inaccessible ministers
The major complaint against Rawat and his ministers was that they remain inaccessible. “People come to us with many problems…How do we have those (problems) resolved when neither the chief minister nor the ministers have time for us,” said an office bearer.dehradun Updated: Jul 11, 2017 20:36 IST
DEHRADUN: The Trivendra Singh Rawat government “not conceding” to their demand for waiving farm loans and its aloofness were some of the issues the office bearers of the BJP’s frontal organisations raised at a meeting with BJP national general secretary Anil Jain on Tuesday.
Jain arrived in Doon as part of his two-day visit to get organisational feedback on the BJP government’s performance. After having a closed-door meeting with the representatives of the party’s frontal organisations,
Jain interacted with its state-level office bearers. Later, he had a closed-door meeting with the chief minister and his nine ministers before meeting the BJP core committee members.
A day earlier, Jain had a series of meetings with BJP workers in Haldwani. He visited in place of BJP national president Amit Shah who deferred his programme due to the Presidential election. Before Jain, Union minister Venkaiah Naidu visited Doon and expressed dissatisfaction over the Rawat government’s record in implementing the centrally sponsored schemes and externally aided projects during its first 100 days in power.
Jain had a similar experience in his meeting with the office bearers of the BJP’s frontal organisations relating to women, youth, the minorities, the scheduled castes, the scheduled tribes and other backward castes.
The major complaint against Rawat and his ministers was that they remain inaccessible. “People come to us with many problems…How do we have those (problems) resolved when neither the chief minister nor the ministers have time for us,” said an office bearer. Other worker demanded that the Rawat government waive bank loans given to small and marginal farmers.
Similarly, a member of the BJP Mahila Morcha raised the issue of financial assistance not being available under the ‘Gaura Devi Kanya Dhan Yojna’, a welfare scheme for the girls from poor families. “We made several rounds of offices of the ministers so that money could be released for the beneficiaries but nobody listens to us.”
At the meeting, BJP state president Ajay Bhatt said the party made the poll promise during the assembly election that the government would waive farm loans in five years. “We didn’t promise that farmer loans would be waived within 100 days of coming to power,” he said, adding that the loans can’t be waived immediately as the previous Congress government had left empty coffers.
Bhatt asserted that the government had done a lot during its 100 days. “As many as 272 doctors were shifted from the plains to hill districts.” He urged party workers to remain equipped with the data relating to the government’s achievements to successfully counter the Opposition’s propaganda.
Later, Jain told reporters that the Rawat government had done commendable work during the past 100 days. “It will take time in speeding up delivery because the system left behind by the previous government is in tatters.” He said about a dozen of central BJP’s organisational office bearers “are currently on a countrywide” tour. “It will also help us assess the performance of the BJP-ruled states and tweak the policies, if needed.”
First Published: Jul 11, 2017 20:36 IST