COMMERCE AND Industry MINISTER Babulal Gaur’s homage to his native village at the State Government’s expense has evoked scepticism in the Chief Minister’s camp.
In an interview to HT on Tuesday, Gaur had lamented delay in release of Rs 50 lakh he had announced for his native village in Pratapgarh district in UP as chief minister last year.
Before he could get the money sanctioned from the State Cabinet, Gaur was dislodged. His successor Shivraj Singh Chouhan appears disinclined to pay for the Gaur’s promise. The Chief Minister, however, has not turned down his request so far.
BJP leaders close to the CM say the announcement was embarrassing to the party even when it was made. It is all the more so today when the State Government is facing flaks for the Ujjain professor’s death. Gaur should have realised delicateness of the political situation before expressing resentment over delay in sanction of fund for his native village, they pointed out.
A senior BJP leader mocked at Gaur’s concern for his native village in Uttar Pradesh. “He has not bothered to hold meeting in Jabalpur of which he is district in-charge minister since May this year but keeps interfering in his colleagues’ domain in Bhopal. Many ministers have complained at the manner Gaur calls meetings of the officers of their departments, he pointed out.
A senior official said the CM’s discretionary funds rules do not permit allocation in such a manner. Gaur’s announcement could have been justified had there been any natural calamity or requirement of any charity work like dharmshala, orphanage etc. Development of any village outside the State does not conform to the rules, he averred.
Hence, he added, a proposal is required to be placed before the State Cabinet for approval to sanction the amount for Gaur’s village. It was failure of Babulal Gaur himself that he did not get a proposal to the effect approved by his Cabinet when he was chief minister, the officer added.
Further, he said, an action plan from the Collector, Pratapgarh district in UP, was required to draft the proposal.