Recruitments, lack of development, JPSC exams and government’s alleged failure in developing infrastructure in the past one year are likely to take the centre stage during the month-long budget session of the Jharkhand Assembly set to begin on Friday, legislators from the ruling as well as opposition parties said on Thursday.
While the Opposition is planning to question the government over its alleged failure in fulfilling the promises made during elections, the ruling Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) is working on its game-plan to raise the issues of various Covid-induced challenges that made it difficult for the government to fulfill its election promises, party insiders said.
JMM held a high level meeting of legislators on Thursday to decide the points that could be raised during the assembly session, the party’s Bahragora MLA Samir Mohanty said. “Taking decisions for strengthening of the education sector following the Covid-19 jolt will be one of our top priorities during this session,” said the legislator, adding that other infrastructure development works, which were stalled due to the pandemic, will be discussed.
Another senior MLA of the party, who did not wish to be named, admitted that the government has been delaying development works promised during elections due to challenges triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic. “It was high time that we start working on our election promises as the public may become impatient if development works are delayed any further,” the MLA said.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the largest Opposition party in the State Assembly has decided to question the government over its alleged failure in maintaining law and order situation in the State and delay in fulfilling the ruling party’s election promises.
“The ruling party has to be answerable for the lack of development in the State since the new government came to power. Lawlessness will also be one of the major issues during the assembly,” said BJP MLA Anant Ojha, adding that his party has called for a meeting of all legislators on Sunday to discuss the course of action during the assembly session.
The Budget session will commence on Friday with Governor Droupadi Murmu addressing the house. As per the official schedule of the State Assembly, the session will run from February 26 to March 23, but will remain functional only for 16 days. The house will not be functioning from February 27 to February 28. It will resume on March 1 and the budget will be tabled on March 3 by Finance Minister Rameshwar Oraon. In the month of March, the Assembly proceedings will remain suspended on March 6, March 7 and from March 11 to 14 and March 20 to 21.