Campaigning by major political parties for Bihar assembly election is gaining momentum and so is the verbal war and accusation, counter-accusation mainly on certain non-core issues including granting special status or special economic package to this third most populous state of Indian union. The core issues like food, clothing, shelter, education, health, roads, electricity, law and order, corruption etc. are made to occupy back seat, more by design by major political parties for known reasons.
Notwithstanding the basic ground realities in Bihar, is it not annoying and intriguing that every ruling party leader talks only of spending the money instead of utilising the money?
Undoubtedly, it is the most opportune time for all right thinking citizens including all voters of Bihar to seek a pointed reply from the political class to the bigger question which is still unanswered. And that is the perennial "15 paise versus 85 paise" syndrome.
Ironically, government after government accepts this to be the greatest malady as far as governance is concerned; the widening gap between rich and poor is concerned; the white and black economy is concerned, to list a few in this otherwise glorious, potential and fertile land.
But then, who will reverse the trend and how long it will take to make this happen against the backdrop of all big talks by all those who have been claiming to be the champions of espousing the cause and concern of common Biharis for decades together? Why successive governments who ruled this state for the last 68 years including 25 long years of Lalu-Nitish combine couldn't make a perceptible (?) difference in this regard?
Believe me, if only this can be ensured and 85 paise of every rupee that government allocates in the budget starts reaching the targeted beneficiaries instead of meager 15 paise out of a rupee presently, there would be great qualitative as well as quantitative improvement not only in all sectors of economy but also in the lives of every citizen of Bihar.
After all, it is tax payers’ hard earned money, which nobody is entitled to waste, mis-utilise, or misappropriate.
To say in few words, instead of making much hue and cry for more and more resources, if resource management is taken care of on highest priority with utmost sincerity in a truly professional manner, far better inclusive growth model can be sustained year after year. And then better days will not be really far off for at least any poor and downtrodden in Bihar.
P.S : Does it really make a point of discussion? If yes, share this post and discuss the issue to get the answer from all major political parties in Bihar before we elect our representatives for next five years.
Brief Introduction of Milan Sinha: Worked in senior positions in financial sector for three decades following three years of active writing in various newspapers and magazines. A post graduate in Chemistry from Patna University and also a graduate with Economics.