Ranchi, Aug. 28: Former chief minister Arjun Munda feels the immediate focus of the new state government should be to reinstate the faith of the people in the several development and welfare schemes initiated in the past.
Back in the state capital after a three-day tour of Palamau division, the former chief minister felt that the problems of the people would be resolved to a great extent if the Hemant Soren government ensured proper execution of ongoing welfare schemes.
“I am not averse to the Jharkhand government seeking special assistance from the Centre to fight an early season drought. But, people need immediate relief and convincing the Centre to grant special aid is a time taking process. Under such circumstances, the state government should first take care of proper execution of all schemes that are functional,” Munda said.
Munda, who is now planning a tour of the Santhal Pargana division, met BJP leaders in Palamau to mobilise them for the next Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections.
During his tour, he interacted with the partymen and villagers and realised that an acute drought-like scenario prevailed in the Palamua region.
He said several villages wore a deserted look, because of largescale migration of the local population in search of bread and butter.
Those who have stayed back, kept awake at night to guard their homes from thieves and robbers.
“While crossing several villages along NH-75 during late evenings, I noticed a large number of people, armed with sticks and traditional weapons, moving around. They told me that over 300-400 thieves and robbers had sneaked into the area and were targeting their villages,” he said.
Munda was, however, evasive on question of an all-party meeting on the drought-like scenario.
“As per norms, it is too early to declare the entire state or even a particular area drought hit. But, regular assessment of day-to-day developments is very important and it is the chief minister’s responsibility to see that officials submitted correct reports. He should also talk to the Centre,” he said, adding that if Hemant was “wise, he may also consider calling an all-party meeting.”
Asked about the future of the new government, Munda did not mince words.
“I can only say that it may soon fall into its own trap since all the ruling partners have their own agendas. Personal ambitions of individual leaders came to the fore during portfolio distribution. It is ridiculous to see that no minister has formally begun work,” he said.