Last budget, last opportunity for Rajasthan BJP govt to atone: Sachin Pilotjaipur Updated: Feb 11, 2018 22:19 IST
Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot with newly elected party MPs Karan Singh Yadav and Raghu Sharma at Parliament House in New Delhi. (PTI File Photo)
Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot on Sunday appealed to the BJP government in the state to take “the right decisions in the interest of the people” in the last budget it will present ahead of the assembly polls.
The BJP’s four years’ tenure passed off looking after its own interest, Pilot said, adding that a number of decisions were taken by the state government, which were “against the people’s interest” and were opposed by the Congress, forcing the government to withdrawn some of its plans.
After forming the government in Rajasthan, the BJP changed the name of Rajiv Gandhi Sewa Kenda to Atal Sewa Kendra for petty politics but the court overruled the decision, he said.
Schemes started by previous Congress government in the state like free medicine and social security pension, were stalled by the BJP government but after pressure from the Congress the schemes were resumed, Pilot said.
The state government made efforts to privatise schools but after a humiliating defeat in the by-polls, the plan was shelved, he said.
Pilot further said that in order to weaken the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGS), the chief minister even recommended to the Centre to change rural job guarantee act into a centrally-funded scheme, which shows that the BJP is anti-poor and against daily wage workers.
Today, farmers in the state and the agriculture sector are going through a difficult phase, but the government has failed to provide relief to farmers who suffered from crop damage and flood, he said.
“Neglected by the government, more than 90 farmers have committed suicide in the state over the last four years.”
The state BJP government has neglected all sections of the society due to which there is a lot of resentment among the people in the state, Pilot said.
“This is last budget of the BJP government and the last opportunity for atonement by taking decisions in interest of the people,” he said.
“The government should make special provisions in the budget for farmers’ welfare, and a time bound programme for providing jobs to youngsters of the state. Irregularities in the seventh pay commission should be addressed in the interest of the employees’.”