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Centre's funds in power sector not utilised well in MP: Scindia

bhopal Updated: Feb 12, 2013 13:28 IST
Umesh Singh
Umesh Singh
Hindustan Times

Mehgaon, Bhind: The Madhya Pradesh government has not utilised the Central government funds in the power sector properly and there were many leakages said Union minister of state for energy (independent charge) Jyotiraditya Scindia on Monday here.

He said the power sector infrastructure in the state is in a bad shape and even after the Centre allocating 30% more coal than the allotted quota to the state, there has been no significant improvement in power production.

Talking to reporters here the minister also refuted the state government's charges of prejudice and bias by the Union government. Scindia was in Mehgaon of Bhind district to inaugurate a power sector reform scheme here and also sounded the 2013 election bugle for the Congress party.

The state assembly elections are scheduled to take place later this year. All powerful leaders of the Congress party, owing loyalty to various factions within the party, shared the dais at a public meeting held at Chattri ground here.

The deputy leader of the Opposition in the state assembly Chaudhary Rakesh on Monday strongly pitched to handover the Congress command to Jyotiraditya Scindia. This demand of handing over the reins to Scindia was echoed by many people, including endorsement from Govind Singh. The BJP MLA Rakesh Shukla (Mehgaon) was also present on the dais.

A large number of people, mostly Congress workers, were present to listen and witness the united colours of the party's consolidation. The presence of MLA Govind Singh (Lahar), MLA and deputy leader of opposition Chaudhary Rakesh Singh (Bhind), former MLA Satyadeo Katare (Ater), along with Scindia, on the same dais sent positive signals across the party line.

The speculation doing the rounds is that this unity of the Congress party will pose a serious challenge to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bhind district. In the present tally of five assembly seats in Bhind district, the BJP has two seats Mehgaon and Ater and the Congress enjoys three seats - Gohad, Bhind and Lahar.

While addressing the gathering, Scindia launched a scathing attack on the BJP for misrule, corruption and communal politics. There is anarchy and corruption in the Madhya Pradesh government departments' functioning and at least 13 ministers of the government are under the lokayukta scanner, he said.

The minister alleged the BJP leaders were neck deep in corruption and the situation is like free for all. He said those with single frame body structure (lean and thin) were overweight now, following the loot of public money. Nobody, including farmers, youth and general public, is happy under the BJP rule in the state, he added.

Scindia said, "During election it brings out communal issues like Ram Mandir construction, Dhar Bhojshala and others for political gains." Adding, the secular fabric, peace and harmony of the state should not be annihilated. He said the BJP owes responsibility towards the people to give account of each and every penny.

The Union minister said people will benefit from the power sector reform scheme totalling over Rs 120 crore to be implemented in Bhind and Gwalior districts. The schemes were sanctioned under the Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyut Yojna (RGGVY) and Restructured-Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (R-APDRP) meant for rural and urban areas. He reiterated his resolve for the development and integration of the region with the national mainstream.