Congress Accuses Centre of Denying Jharkhand Rs 1.36 Lakh Crores in Dues

Congress accuses Modi government of denying Jharkhand Rs 1.36 lakh crores in coal royalties and central scheme benefits. Party alleges government failed to fulfill promises, including housing scheme and Mandal Dam project.

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Congress Accuses Centre of Denying Jharkhand Rs 1.36 Lakh Crores in Dues

Congress Accuses Centre of Denying Jharkhand Rs 1.36 Lakh Crores in Dues

The Congress party has leveled serious allegations against the Modi government, accusing it of giving "step-motherly treatment" to the state of Jharkhand. Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh claimed that the Centre owes Jharkhand a staggering Rs 1.36 lakh crores in coal royalties and central scheme benefits.

Why this matters: The alleged denial of funds to Jharkhand has significant implications for the state's development and the welfare of its people, highlighting concerns about the Centre's commitment to regional development. The controversy also has the potential to impact the BJP's political fortunes in the region.

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Palamu, Jharkhand, Ramesh posed pointed questions, asking,"Why is thepmnot releasing 1.36 lakh crores due to Jharkhand? Why is the PM denying 8 lakh people of Jharkhand the homes they were promised? What happened to the Mandal Dam?"The Congress leader alleged that the BJP government has failed to fulfill its promises to the state.

According to Ramesh, the Centre owes Jharkhand Rs 1,01,142 crore for non-payment of land compensation by Coal India Limited, Rs 32,000 crore under the common cause dues head, and Rs 2,500 crore under the washed coal royalty head. He questioned, "What happened to the PM's favourite slogan - Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas? Where are the Rs 1,36,042 crores that Jharkhand and its people were promised?"

The Congress party also raised concerns about the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) housing scheme in Jharkhand. Ramesh claimed that 8 lakh eligible beneficiaries in the state have been denied homes under the scheme. He pointed out that in 2021-2022, the PMAY scheme's portal listed 10 lakh beneficiaries, but only 4 lakh homes were sanctioned, and the Ministry of Rural Development arbitrarily removed 2 lakh beneficiaries from the list.

The Mandal Dam project in Palamu, Jharkhand, has also become a point of contention. Launched by PM Modi in 2019, the project was conceptualized to address agrarian distress in Jharkhand and Bihar but remains stalled. Ramesh alleged that the project's progress has been hindered due to the BJP's refusal to meet the demands of displaced families and failure to resolve compensation issues.

Ramesh questioned the prime minister, asking,"Is the PM doing anything to ensure that this crucial project will be built? What is his vision to help rid Jharkhand of droughts?"He urged PM Modi to break his"silence"on these pressing issues facing the state.

The Congress party's allegations highlight the ongoing tensions between the Centre and the opposition-ruled state of Jharkhand. With a massive Rs 1.36 lakh crores allegedly owed to the state in coal royalties and central scheme benefits, along with the stalled Mandal Dam project and issues with the PMAY housing scheme, the Congress has accused the Modi government of neglecting Jharkhand's interests. As the political battle intensifies, the fate of the pending dues and the future of crucial development projects in the state hang in the balance.

Key Takeaways

  • Congress accuses Modi government of giving "step-motherly treatment" to Jharkhand.
  • Centre owes Jharkhand Rs 1.36 lakh crores in coal royalties and central scheme benefits.
  • 8 lakh eligible beneficiaries in Jharkhand denied homes under PMAY housing scheme.
  • Mandal Dam project in Palamu, Jharkhand, remains stalled due to compensation issues.
  • Congress alleges Modi government's neglect of Jharkhand's interests, impacting development.