Tuesday, June 18, 2013
CONGRESS DEMANDS CBI PROBE INTO IRREGULARITIES Tuesday, 18 June 2013 | PNS | BALANGIR| in Bhopal
CONGRESS DEMANDS CBI PROBE INTO IRREGULARITIES
Tuesday, 18 June 2013 | PNS | BALANGIR
Members of the Indian Youth Congress Balangir Lok Sabha Constituency led by its president Akash Mishra, District Congress Committee president Bhagaban Bagarti, Laxman Meher and Pandav Kumbhar on Monday staged a dharna before NTPC office here protesting against the poor implementation and irregularities of the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Bidyutikaran Yojana meant for BPL people in Balangir district.
Akash Mishra said that in the entire Balangir district, the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Bidyutikaran Yojana (RGGBY) has failed to reach the poor BPL people. It is only in paper that officials have shown that they have covered 40 per cent of the villages under the scheme, but actually they have covered 10 per cent.
“After publication in the media about the poor implementation of this programme, Youth Congress members visited villages and found the shocking fact. In Agalpur block for example, although officially the authorities have covered 40 villages, actually only one village has been covered. In Loisingha block, they have not covered a single village,” he said.
While the Central Government is giving money, and even after the sorry state of the programme was highlighted in the media, the district administration did not take any action to streamline the implementations of the programme. It reflects the lack of sincerity on the part of the district administration and the State Government towards this important Centrally-sponsored programme, said Mishra.
In Deogaon block, he said, the authorities have covered only 47 out of the 127 villages.
The Central Government had given Rs 99 crore to provide electricity to BPL people of Balangir district in 2009, and till April 2013, according to official figures, they have covered 1,083 villages out of the total 1,764 in the district and a total of 83,517 families have been covered so far. These official figures are misleading, alleged senior Congress leader Laxman Meher while addressing the gathering.
Later, the Youth Congress leaders submitted a memorandum to the State’s Governor demanding a CBI inquiry into the irregularities and corruption in the implementation of the RGGBY in Agalpur and Loisingha blocks, supply of electricity to BPL families in these two blocks within 10 days, arrest of the official involved in corruption in the programme. Unless concrete action is taken within next 10 days, the Youth Congress and Kisan Khet Mazdor Congress would intensify their agitation, they threatened.