Free Press Journal

Treasury empty; govt splurging crores on ostentatious shows


BHOPAL : The financial crisis in the state has further deepened with the government having been forced to shell out a huge sum of money to provide relief to the farmers. Government is curtailing the budgets of all departments to arrange funds. Steps like prohibition on new construction works and creation of new posts have been taken. Other solutions to curtail expenses are also being explored.

On one hand, the government is insisting on curtailing expenses on construction works, on the other it is spending a big sum of money in organising events. The measures related to curtailment of expenses of government do not mention curtailment in expenses on organising events.

In the past six months, a whooping sum of Rs 100 crore has been spent in the state in the name of events, which have noting to do with common man. The World Hindi Convention in the state capital has cost Rs 25 crore to the state government. The state had nothing to do with this event. This programme was conducted by Ministry of External Affairs but such a big amount was spent just to please External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The same applies on ‘Krishi Mahotsava’ where around Rs 25 crore was spent but it failed to bring about any awareness in farmers or provide benefits to them.

The damage to Soyabean crop has proved that Krishi Mahotsava had no utility. The holding of ‘Antyodaya Melas’ in districts is costing Rs 25 to 30 crore. Events are being organised for distribution of cheques to the beneficiaries in every distribution but no benefit except branding is taking place.

Crores of rupees have been spent on Simhastha ‘Vaicharik Mahakumbh’ but it is not benefiting the public directly. A three-day ‘Vaicharik Mahakumbh’ was organised at Indore in the recent past after Bhopal, just to keep Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in good humour.

Sources said planning at government level is being made to organise functions for distributing relief to farmers and lakhs of rupees would be spent in every district.

At a time when the state is in the grips of a financial crisis, lakhs of rupees are being spent in organising a cultural programme on November 1 on the occasion of State’s Foundation Day. Finance Minister Jayant Mallaiya, admitted during interaction with journalists that financial condition of state was not good. He said Centre has been asked to release money for the relief for crop damage and under other heads.