Addressing a gathering at an event organized by the Federation of Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce and Industry here, Sinha said the state has the potential to grow and expressed hope that the Union Budget would announce measures to improve agriculture, industry, tourism, irrigation and infrastructure.

"When it was separated from Bihar (in 2000), Jharkhand had a surplus budget. But due to ineffective governance, Jharkhand now has a budget deficit," said Sinha.

“No one wants to take a step forward to develop the state,” he added.

The senior BJP leader further said, “I hope the Finance Minister will make significant announcements to develop and promote tourism which will be a boon for Jharkhand.”

Asserting that there are several tourism sites in the state, Singh said, “If the government focuses on them, Jharkhand will become a tourism centre.”

The former Hazaribagh MP also listed some of the potential places, which can be developed for tourism.

“Can we not develop Maithon Dam? Can we not plant flowers around it and make it beautiful?” he asked.

Sinha also mentioned Tilaya on the border of Jharkhand’s Koderma and Bihar's Gaya districts as a potential tourism hub.

“A large number of pilgrims come to Bodh Gaya who can be attracted to this place. The golf course can be developed which will also attract tourists," Sinha said.

“Journalists ask me who will become the Chief Minister of Jharkhand. I want to say that anyone can become CM here. But the big question is what will happen to Jharkhand and its people. It does not matter who becomes the CM. Development matters," he added.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present his maiden Budget on July 10 against the backdrop of hardening global crude oil prices, prospects of patchy monsoon rains and rising inflation.

There are expectations that Jaitley will announce steps to ease the burden on households and ensure that India again emerges as a favourite investment destination.

Jaitley, who also holds the Defence portfolio in Narendra Modi-led NDA government, has already indicated that the Centre is committed to fiscal consolidation.

"We have to revive India's economy. We have to restore the investment cycle. We have to give particular emphasis to low-cost manufacturing. India missed the first industrial revolution. It missed the bus for manufacturing decades ago," Jaitley had said, while intervening on the debate on the motion of thanks to the president.

Jaitley had assured the new government will push growth taking along all stakeholders.
     
"Election results itself have become an important political statement. Once again, domestic and foreign investors have started looking at India. Therefore, for us, who are the repository of public confidence, the onus is on us whether we can convert this into opportunity or not," he had said.

The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs decided on the dates for the Budget Session of Parliament. The Budget Session is scheduled to begin from July 7 and end on August 14.

(JPN/Agencies)

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