Congress, Sabha flay state Govt
Chandigarh February 6:
The Congress alleged that the SAD-BJP government had changed the guidelines of the Rajiv Gandhi Jan Sehat Yojna to take away the share of Dalits in the scheme and pass it on to its party workers.
Congress spokesman Sukhpal Singh Khaira said the SAD-BJP government had in an illegitimate and unconstitutional act changed the guidelines of the scheme, which called for providing toilets to Dalits in their houses, so that it could offer the facility to its supporters in view of the forthcoming Assembly elections.
Khaira said various welfare schemes in the state had been misused and the Congress was apprehensive that this scheme, too, would be thrown open to the houses of Akali Jathedars and not the underprivileged or poor. Demanding that the money under the scheme be reserved for the Scheduled Castes alone, the Congress leader said in case the government failed to rectify “its blatantly wrong order”, the party would take up the issue in the coming Vidhan Sabha budget session and also with the UPA government at the Centre.
Meanwhile, in a separate release, Chamar Maha Sabha President Paramjit Singh Kainth claimed that diversion of funds from schemes meant for the welfare of Scheduled Castes was being done continuously during the SAD-BJP rule. He said the ruling alliance had not only diverted money meant for the Dalits under the Rajiv Gandhi Jan Sehat Yojna but under other schemes also. Kainth said the Comptroller and Auditor General should order an inquiry into the diversions and in case any wrong doing was found, a CBI inquiry should be held in the case.