GG News Bureau
New Delhi, 8th Feb. In a scathing critique, Rajya Sabha member and Samajwadi Party leader Jaya Bachchan lambasted the BJP government on Wednesday, accusing it of disregarding the rights of the poorest citizens by persistently sidestepping the caste census issue.
During a discussion on the Motion of Thanks on the president’s address in the Rajya Sabha, Bachchan demanded the implementation of a caste census, emphasizing its necessity to rectify discrepancies in numbers and extend government scheme benefits. She denounced the government’s silence on the matter, asserting that its inaction amounted to a violation of the rights and interests of the underprivileged.
Bachchan further urged for a caste-based census to be conducted prior to the Lok Sabha elections, underscoring the urgency of addressing this longstanding issue.
In addition to her criticisms on the caste census, Bachchan raised concerns about employment, women’s and youth empowerment, and issues affecting farmers and the economically disadvantaged.
Expressing disappointment, she highlighted the government’s contrasting treatment of corporate loans and agricultural debts, noting its reluctance to waive farm loans despite sizable corporate write-offs.
Drawing attention to the alarming rate of farmer suicides, Bachchan revealed staggering statistics, stating that 30 individuals involved in agriculture took their lives daily in 2022, with the number increasing to 328 deaths per day in 2023.
Amidst the debate, independent member Kartetikeya Sharma commended the government’s achievements in areas such as digital transactions and inclusive financial access. Praful Patel of the NCP praised initiatives like the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Jal Jeevan Mission for their contributions to sanitation and water accessibility for the impoverished.
Contributing to the discussions were K Keshava Rao of BRS and Surender Singh Nagar of BJP, providing additional perspectives on various government initiatives and policies.