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'Govt trying to sabotage UPA scheme'
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Anandpur Sahib, January 02, 2013
First Published: 22:26 IST(2/1/2013)
Last Updated: 22:31 IST(2/1/2013)

The Congress on Wednesday accused SAD-BJP government of deliberately going slow in issuing Aadhar cards to create hindrance in UPA's ambitious plan of extending cash benefits to the common man.


Member of Parliament Ravneet Singh Bittu accused the government of willingly delaying preparation of Aadhar cards in Nawanshahr, Fatehgarh Sahib and Gurdaspur districts, thereby missing the January 1st deadline of transferring the subsidy money directly in the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.

Terming the UPA government's flagship programme of cash transfer scheme as a revolutionary step that will minimise corruption by ensuring that every rupee spent by the government goes to those who truly deserve it, he went on to criticise the state government for again letting down the people of Punjab.

Referring to Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal's statement on Tuesday, wherein she had alleged that Centre's cash transfer scheme was a ploy to woo the voters ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Bittu said her statement indicated lack of seriousness on the ruling party's part pertaining to the implementation of the scheme aimed at benefiting the poor and needy sections of society.

"Instead of misleading the people, she should persuade her husband and father-in-law to help the UPA government in curbing corruption and also ensure that the benefits reach the needy at the earliest," Bittu said.

Bittu said that it was sad that not a single student belonging to the Scheduled Caste community could avail scholarship this year even though the central government had sanctioned Rs. 3.98 crore in June 2012 for the purpose, but the state finance department was yet to release funds for the year 2012-13.


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