Patna: Making a sharp attack on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar regarding Tejashwi Yadav’s poll promise of prividing 10 lakh government jobs to the youth of Bihar, the RJD scion said even if the salaries of the chief minister, ministers and MLAs had to be cut, it will be done. Also Read - First Session of Newly-Constituted Bihar Legislative Assembly To Start From Today
“Even if the salaries of the chief minister, ministers and MLAs need to be cut to give jobs to 10 lakh people, it will be done and jobs will be given,” Tejashwi said on Monday. Also Read - 'Instead of Ambition For Chair...': Here's What Tejashwi Yadav Hopes From Nitish Govt
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday said providing 10 lakh jobs, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav’s main poll promise, would cost the exchequer Rs 1.44 lakh crore annually, and wondered if his rival would shelve other development works or delay salaries to implement his pledge.
Tejashwi has promised he would sanction 10 lakh government jobs in his very first cabinet meeting if the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ is voted to power.
“That is impossible, they won’t get the chance to govern,” Kumar said. “But for what he (Tejashwi) has said, it will cost the state exchequer Rs 1.44 lakh crore annually…
Should they shelve all other development work?”
He said earlier nobody used to get salaries in time and recalled that several teachers and university professors had told the CM during his Vikas Yatra in 2005 that they did not get salaries in time.
“We fixed that. Now what do they want to do? Again not paying salaries? Will there be no other (development) work?” Kumar said.
“Where will they give the jobs from? Where will they create the posts from? And where is the money?” he added.
The chief minister said the promise has been made just to “create confusion” in society.
Responding to the NDA’s persistent question about how will he manage the funds for his promised 10 lakh jobs, Tejashwi had earlier said in a rally that Bihar has a budget of “Rs 2.13 lakh crore and the Nitish Kumar government manages to spend just 60 per cent of it. There still is Rs 80,000 crore left.”