Even though the Fadnavis government has completed three years but it has failed to fulfil the expectations of the people. Citizens are unhappy with the government’s functioning as most of the promises made by it continue to remain on paper. The government has received flak over its inept handling of the agricultural economy. Promises were made to waive farm loans but many farmers are yet to receive financial assistance from the government. Farmers were asked to link their Aadhaar numbers with bank accounts for loan waiver scheme. However, more than 100 farmers have been found linked to single Aadhaar number. The administration has also failed to control farmer suicides in the state. Opposition parties attacked the government for its failure to provide good governance and are holding Jan Aakrosh Morcha in the state to protest against the government. Thus, time is running out for the government as it will have to pull up its socks and deliver as the 2019 assembly polls is just two years away.
Below are the issues that the government has failed to address:
Safety of women commuters
Recently a school girl had to jump from a local train between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Station (CSMT) and Masjid to avert molestation incident. Despite this, the government has failed to take steps to enhance women’s safety in suburban trains. The government had promised to install CCTV cameras in local trains but they have failed to implement it.
Shielding corrupt ministers
BJP had said that it would adopt a zero tolerance policy against corruption. Despite this the party has failed to act against Minister of Rural Development, Women and Child Welfare Pankaja Munde, State Education Minister Vinod Tawde, and Industries Minister Subhash Desai. Pankaja Munde had awarded contracts worth Rs 206 crore for procuring chikkis, medicines, growth monitoring machines, water filters, carpets and educational material for anganwadis on a single day without inviting tenders. Vinod Tawde is accused of having fake BE (Electronics) degree. Subhash Desai is accused of flouting norms while allegedly denotifying around 12,000 hectares of MIDC Nashik lands to favour private builders.
Tussle with Shiv Sena
Even though the Shiv Sena is the alliance partner of the BJP government in the state but relations between both the parties have strained. Sena often expresses its displeasure over the functioning of the government through its mouthpiece Saamana. It also openly criticises the policies of the government and often both the parties don’t arrive at a consensus on various issues affecting the state’s development. Opposition parties have often asked Sena to quit the government if it is unhappy with its performance. Recently Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis too had said that Sena can’t play the role of opposition by remaining with the government.
The government has promised to grant reservation to Marathas and Dhangar communities but failed to implement it. Marathas had held silent protests in Mumbai and other regions of Maharashtra in support of reservation but their demands continue to remain unfulfilled. Often political parties use reservation as a ploy to garner votes.
Neglect of railway infrastructure
Many incidents of rail derailments have been reported in the state but the government has turned a blind eye towards it. The Elphinstone railway station stampede incident also highlighted the government’s apathy towards overhauling railway infrastructure. The tragedy has highlighted the prolonged neglect of public transport system.
The government has failed to generate adequate electricity which has resulted in huge shortfall of power in various parts of the state. Even though Mumbai is spared of power cuts but rural areas of the state are facing severe power crisis. The government is talking about making India digital but how will it achieve this objective if there is shortage of power?