The first budget 2021-22 unveiled by Jharkhand Finance Minister Ramsehwar Oraon,on behalf of the coalition government which is backed by JMM,Congress and RJD,can be evaluated as eco-friendly and pro-workers,farmers.
And,behind the entire budget proposals lies a hidden fact.No body knows how and from where the state government will mobilise funds to bridge the gap between the proposed income and expenditure(outlay.Already the plan outlay is grossly dependent on borrowing as 'loans.'
In any case,the Soren government has made three attractive promises.
One,no new tax will be imposed.Two,apparently eying workers and farmers,the rate of wage under the prime scheme MGNREGA was increased to Rs 31.Three,a plan has been proposed to waive off farmers' loans as well..
Alongside,the Hemant Soren government plans to open cooked food service for the poor people under the title 'Guruji Kitchen.'
In fact,cooked food service at low cost was an old scheme introduced in the state in 2009.Now,it is billed in the nickname of the JMM supremo Shibu Soren who is widely known as Guruji.
Another budgetary plan is to provide smart card to pensioners above 60 years old citizens.
Other notable budgetary proposals are:
*New Milk Product Plants of the state government body-Jharkhand Milk Federation are planned to be created in Ranchi,Jamshedpur and Giridih.
*Fund is proposed to be provided under the umbrella of 'Grant'.to fishermen who were involved in fishing in water bodies of the state.
*The underground Meghthiya Pipeline Irrigation scheme is proposed to be started in Dumka.
*As many as 213 water bodies known as Ahar and Talab are planned to be shaped up and used for irrigation purposes.
*Under Phulo-Jhano scheme the persons/families who were mobilised to give up earning from Hardia(Rice Beer)-Daru(liquor) will be offered job opportunities and efforts will be made to link them with economic and social schemes.
*Nearly 26,000 acres of land will be covered under Birsa Green Village Scheme and fruit trees will be planted.