In Jharkhand, Political Promises Are Usually Meant To Be Forgotten, If Not Broken

On November 15th, the Jharkhand’s Foundation Day it has become a part of elaborate ritual that the reigning Chief Minister of Jharkhand would makes political promises to the denizens of state and invariably most of these promises would be forgotten in its impregnable red-tapes.

Let us travel back in time to look back at the few of the key political promises that were made in the past decade by the different Chief Ministers of Jharkhand on the occasion of state’s foundation day. It does highlight the cases of missed opportunities, over the years.

15th November

Chief Minister

Political Promises

Ground Reality

2002 Babu Lal Marandi Online Foundation Ceremony of New Ranchi

Yet to start

Online Foundation Ceremony of Ranchi University New Campus

Yet to start

2003 Arjun Munda Panchayat Election announced for 2004

Took place in Nov 2010

Investment of Rs 20000 crore

Not yet

2004 Arjun Munda 60000 new employment

Not yet

8000 para teacher

Done, but with lots of problems

2006 Madhu Koda Construction of Pond & Grain Storage Building in each block

Not yet

Agreement for 4000 Mega watt of Electricity Generation

Not yet

2007 Madhu Koda Construction of 400 Hospitals

Not yet

2008 Shibu Soren Under Sido-Kanhu Aawaas Yojana, BPL families given free houses

Not yet

Appointment in Every block shall have Urdu Translator

Not yet

2010 Arjun Munda Establishment of Skill Development Mission

Not yet

Increase of seat in RIMS, and ask HEC, CCL, ECL, BCCL to open Medical College

Work yet to start

Last month, on 15th November 2011, again just like the previous years the Jharkhand Government Machinery spent precious financial resources to celebrate the state foundation day in grand and opulent manner. But the common denizens of Jharkhand have lost all their enthusiasm as they remain indifferent towards the entire hullabaloo.

Jharkhand State
Jharkhand State

Speaking on the occasion of the state’s 12th foundation day, yet again the present Chief Minister made few more political promises, he said, “We are happy to announce that the 12th foundation year will be celebrated as Girl child and Protection of Childhood” year (or Women Empowerment Year) in the state.

  • Launched the Mukhya Mantri Ladli Yojna (MMLY). Under the MMLY scheme, the state government will open a bank account for new-born girls and deposit Rupees 6000 every year in the account, till she 5 years of age. The girl will get stipends when she enters classes 10 and 12, and the Rupees 1,11,000 will be given to her when she reaches 21 years of age.
  • BPL families would get two CFL bulbs and others would get one such bulb at 15 rupees to save energy.
  • Roads, electrification and irrigation were among the government’s priority list alongside rooting out corruption.
  • Promised to bring in the Right to Services Act, under which the government work will be done in a stipulated period for commoners.

This year onwards, we hope that the things would change for good and fresh beginning would be made as far as keeping the political promises are concerned by the Jharkhand Government.

Sameer Bhagat
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