The Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren has sought to a meeting with the Prime Minister to explain why the auto-debit of Rs 1,417 Crore to pay outstanding dues to the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) was legally, morally and politically unacceptable.
In his letter, Soren has drawn the attention of the PM to the fact that other states with outstanding dues to the DVC have been spared while singling out Jharkhand. He also alleges that a huge outstanding was allowed to pile up during the previous BJP Government in the state headed by Raghubar Das—without once resorting to auto-debit. The chief minister also alleges that the state was not only not taken into confidence, but the Centre turned down a request not to do this in times of a pandemic and when the state is going through a financial crisis.
Describing the auto-debit as unconstitutional, immoral and a direct assault on the federal structure, the Jharkhand chief minister has urged the PM to intervene and restore the amount.