Ranchi: State food and civil supplies minister Rameshwar Oraon, who is also the state’s finance minister on Monday said that one of the key achievements of their two-year-old coalition government has been that no one died of hunger in Jharkhand at a time when ‘this poor state’ is still battling covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking to reporters at his residence in the afternoon ahead of completion of two years of JMM-Congress-RJD coalition alliance, Oraon said that despite inheriting a weak treasury due to allegedly mismanagement by previous BJP government, they went on to successfully manage funds crunch through internal resources and heavy brainstorming.
“In last two years since our government came to power, one of the biggest achievements has been that no one was allowed to sleep with an empty stomach in the state,” he claimed. “During BJP government between 2014-19, around 26 persons reportedly died on hunger. But in this government under the leadership of chief minister Hemant Soren, hunger deaths are unheard of,” he added.
Oraon maintained that after creation of Jharkhand in 2000, BJP helmed the government for 16 years but has failed to bring the desired development. “However, in the last two years, we have been fulfilling the promises one by one that were made in our election manifesto. In rest three years, remaining promises too will fructify,” he said counting on a few achieved goals such as farm loan waivers, anti-mob lynching bill, Sona Sobran dhoti sari scheme (dhoti sari to poor for Rs 10), university pension scheme among others.
“Besides giving food, we are also taking care of proper clothing of the poor. Under Sona Sobran scheme, we have so far distributed 1.22 crore dhot-saris to about 61 lakh families. Through the recently launched universal pension scheme, 13 lakh elders, different abled people and the likes have now got covered under social security,” he boasted.
Despite declaring 2021 as year of employment, Hemant Soren government continues to face protests by job seekers. Since last many months, different sections of job aspirants right from civil services, to assistant policemen, health workers and the likes have been staging stirs at different levels demand jobs, and regularizations. Notably, before coming to power, Soren had also announced to provide five lakh jobs per year.
Responding to it, Oraon said, “Recruitments couldn’t take place earlier due to faulty recruitment policies by previous BJP government as a result of which majority of the process landed in court. However, soon after coming to power, we simplified those to provide major jobs to deserving people of this state. Recently, we managed to recruit on 123 posts in agriculture department which were lying vacant for several years. Examination conducting bodies like JSSC, JPSC too has started on filling vacant posts across government departments on war-footing. This apart, for farmers, despite covid-19 pandemic, we managed to distribute seeds and manures on time for khariff crops and the procurement for paddy crops at minimum support price have gone up since we came. We are also planning to now procure wheat on MSP from farmers if central government permits us.”