Political instability in Jharkand affects developmental works

It has been five days since Jharkhand plunging into yet another round of political crisis which has affected developmental works in the state.

Last Updated: May 02, 2010, 13:15 PM IST

Ranchi: It has been five days since Jharkhand plunging into yet another round of political crisis which has affected developmental works in the state.

The trouble started soon after Chief Minister Shibu Soren on April 27 voted for the UPA government on a cut motion in Parliament and the subsequent change in stance by both the BJP and the JMM many times.

"It is natural things don`t move under such circumstances," said a senior IAS officer when asked whether reports of Health Minister Baijnath Ram`s order had been `put on hold` by a bureaucrat following the confused political situation.

For Jharkhand, political crisis is not new. It was carved out of Bihar on November 15, 2000 after years of demand by various political parties that development in small states
could be faster.

Nine-and-a-half years into the statehood, Jharkhand has had seven chief ministers and as many governors.

"Frequent political instability affects development works totally. And instability in Jharkhand is phenomenal right from its creation for which the state is suffering from
utter depression and has not travelled much," opined ex-Jharkhand DGP RR Prasad.

"Political instability not only affects developoment work but each time a compromise comes up, corruption increases. Bureaucrats stop work, files get buried and bureaucrats are not accountable for that because of political instability. And this kind of situations have happened several times in over nine years," said Ramesh Sharan, an Economic Professor with the Ranchi University here.

"I think one more election should be held for the sake of stability," he added.

The Jharkhand Small Industry Association Secretary, Yogendra Kumar Ojha, felt "that constant change in policies by back-to-back governments have affected industries,
particularly the small ones."

"Because bureaucrats don`t move files...and we are now not getting coal. Implementation of development policies stops once a crisis crop up," he claimed.

The 74-year-old editor of a Hindi Daily, Balbir Dutt, having five decades of experience in journalism, said "the administration becomes inactive once political instability takes place, and Jharkhand has been in the instability-mode seven times in nine years.

"Not only it has seen seven CMs but also seven governors. Technically there is CM now, but virtually there is no CM, making policy implementation difficult," he added.

PTI