By Goutam Shankar Das
Jamshedpur: The meaning of the heading (as if you do not know) is, “Great Raghubar Great, what a beautiful Budget it is!” In spite of the Hemant Soren led Opposition that habitually cribs, shouts and cries hoarse over all suggestions and decisions of the State Government because it is a BJP led combine, does not lend credence to its (crocodile tears) concern about the development of the people of Jharkhand.
Soren has called the Budget proposal, “It inspires no hope for the common people.”
The JMM working president cum Opposition leader of the Jharkhand Assembly went on to add that it was a pre poll gimmick.
If that be so, why are the general people comprising mostly low income groups, farmers, middle class, youth and students carrying grins of joy? Just for the records, Soren Junior opined, “As the BJP is planning to hold Assembly and parliamentary elections simultaneously, the Chief Minister is trying to fool people. For more than an hour, the Chief Minister, like a trained parrot, read out the Budget speech prepared by his officials.”
Whatever the facts and figures of this Rs 85,429 crore annual Budget proposal for the fiscal 2019-’20 are, they have certainly concentrated on agriculture and related sectors, energy, women, child and social welfare, irrigation, road construction, job training for youth, health sector and other paramount infrastructure concerns for development including ‘Atal Gramotthan Yojna.’
There are nine other such special schemes that have been proposed in this Budget that are bound to create a positive impact and bridge the hiatus between rural-urban economic scenarios. For example, the ‘CM Ajivika Samvardhan Yojna’ is aimed at promoting and propagating traditional art and craft as livelihood is a welcome move to further the cause of craftsmen’s earning avenues.
Delving further into the read and reread Budget proposals for fiscal 2019-’20 would be wasting space and time. If the Opposition’s expected contentions are totally against a people friendly move by calling it ‘sour grapes,’ or poll stunts, what would Didi’s West Bengal Budget be like, or for that matter, the Budgets of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh’s? People ‘unfriendly type?
This fiscal’s Budget proposals, Raghubar Das’ consecutive eighth annual essay, are one of the most far sighted presentations that the State has witnessed. There is something or more for each segment of society that stands to gain.
Mr Hemant Soren, if you and your Opposition colleagues, let aside your political preferences and dig deep into your consciences, you too will agree that during the current Government’s four year tenure, almost every house now has electricity connection and toilets, the literacy graph has climbed as never before and many more pluses that add to the image of this State BJP combine’s rule.
Jai Ho Raghubar Baba! Baney rahiye, rajya ko aur aagey badhaiyeI