The BJP has labeled the coalition government’s announcement to waive peasant loans of up to Rs 50,000 as fraud and fraud involving citizens. State BJP spokesman and former MLA Kunal Sarangi said the government had turned its back on its own promises.
The BJP spokesman alleged that the Soren government failed to keep its promises and that there have been several cases where the government has made a U-turn on its promises. He said that the JMM-Congress Alliance announced in their manifesto they would waive a farm loan of Rs 2 lakh, but in fact they waived farm loans up to Rs 50,000.
The coalition government passed a proposal in the cabinet on Thursday to forego agricultural loans of up to 50,000 rupees, which would benefit around 9 lakh farmers in the state, thereby partially fulfilling the coalition ruling’s promise ahead of the 2019 general election.
The government said an allocation of Rs 2,000 crore had been made for the waiver during the current fiscal year.
Sarangi also said that the JMM government of Congress also announced it would provide five lakh jobs to youth within six months, but the government is now announcing that it will only provide government jobs to 15,000 youth.
In another development, the BJP state unit has welcomed and congratulated the NDA government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for establishing a centrally funded postmatric scholarship program for students of the Scheduled Caste.
BJP SC President Morcha and Chandankiyari MLA Amar Kumar Bauri said the program would benefit more than 4 crore SC including 40 lakh SC students from Jharkhand. He said the central government’s decision to provide scholarships for SC students will help nurture students from disadvantaged communities. He said approximately Rs 59,000 crores will be spent on the program, of which the center will fund more than Rs 35,000 crores while the rest will be funded by the state.