Jagan’s money rescues thousands in crisis period
His rivals may blame him for borrowing. His critics may accuse him of turning people as dependants and some might go to the extent of accusing him of making people lazy too. Economists might find fault with him for rolling out only welfare measures and ignoring development. But, people admire him, much to the chagrin of his critics, rivals and analysist, for his money had helped them to face the crisis period.
Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy had rolled out money to a little more than 50 lakh people during the month of May and now in October. This was under his pet scheme called YSR Rythu Bharosa. You name it anyway, the money that was directly transferred into the accounts of these 50 lakh beneficiaries had thus helped more than 2 crore people in the state.
The lockdown imposed in March had continued till August. There was no work. No wages. No salaries.
No one to lend. Those who were on the streets walking, some of them even barefoot, all the way were seen and their owes were heard and watched. But those who remained indoor and had nothing to eat have suffered within the four walls. Their tales of woes were not known to the rest of the world.
The small salaried families in the cities and the daily wage labourers and the small and marginal farmers, besides small vendors, had nothing to live. The days were tough – one side the threat to life posed by the virus and the other side empty vessels with nothing to eat.
The period was too long and was perhaps first time. The dark days were very difficult for survival. It was during those dark days, Jagan Mohan Reddy’s direct cash benefit had reached them through their bank accounts.
The government had paid Rs 9,500 (Rs 7,500 of first instalment and Rs 2000 of the second instalment) in the month of May. The money landed in the bank accounts when the sun was too hot, the virus was too active and the stomachs were empty. Who blames Jagan for pumping money to these poor 50 lakh households, which would bring at least one meal a day?
The judiciary may banish him under whatever pretext. The opposition parties may blame him for emptying the exchequer and the elite intellectuals may find fault with him for rolling out only welfare schemes, there are at least half of the state’s population and more than half of the state’s households who could face the challenge of the crisis – the virus and the hunger as well. There is so much to speak from this line and it is active in the villages nothing to speak for his critics.