Raghubar Das, the former Chief Minister of Jharkhand, has taken on a new and significant role as the Governor of Odisha. This move is not only a personal milestone for Das but also holds implications for the political landscape of both Jharkhand and Odisha. Let’s delve into the details and significance of this transition.
Raghubar Das is a seasoned politician with a long and distinguished career in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Born on May 3, 1955, in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, he has been an influential figure in the state’s politics for several decades. Das’s political journey began in the early 1980s when he was actively involved in student politics. His grassroots involvement gradually catapulted him into more significant roles within the BJP, eventually leading him to the chief ministerial post.
Chief Minister of Jharkhand:
Raghubar Das served as the Chief Minister of Jharkhand from 2014 to 2019, making him the first non-tribal Chief Minister of the state. His tenure was marked by several notable initiatives and reforms aimed at fostering development and addressing key issues facing the state. His government focused on improving infrastructure, education, and healthcare while also working towards eradicating corruption and promoting transparency in governance.
One of the standout achievements during his tenure was the ‘Mukhya Mantri Krishi Ashirwad Yojana,’ which aimed to provide financial assistance to farmers. Additionally, he introduced the ‘Saubhagya Yojana’ to ensure electricity access for all households, a significant step in rural electrification.
Transition to Governor of Odisha:
In a move that has piqued the interest of political analysts and observers, Raghubar Das was appointed as the Governor of Odisha. His appointment signifies a shift from an active political role to a constitutional one. As the Governor of a state, his responsibilities include upholding the Indian Constitution and ensuring the smooth functioning of the state’s administration.
The role of a Governor is non-partisan, and they act as a link between the state government and the President of India. They also have the authority to sign bills into law, summon the state legislature, and fulfill other constitutional duties.