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Rajasthan woman minister under EC scanner over 'cash distribution'

india Updated: Apr 18, 2009 01:24 IST

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A woman minister of Rajasthan, Golma Devi, has come under the Election Commission's scanner after reports that she distributed cash amounting to Rs 2.04 lakh to the kin of three labourers who were buried alive in a borewell in Dausa district early this week, an official said on Saturday.

"There are media reports that Golma Devi and her husband Kirorilal Meena, contesting the Dausa LS seat as independent, have distributed cash amounting to Rs 2.04 lakh to the kin of labourers after Meena filed his nomination papers," District Collector Joga Ram told PTI over telephone.

Cash relief was also reportedly distributed to some farmers whose rabi crop perished in hailstorms last month, the collector said quoting media reports.

"As per the Chief Electoral Office's directives a report has been sought from the Deputy-District Election Officer Rampal Tripathi (SDM), and a CD and factual report would be sent to Jaipur based CEO," the Collector said.

The minister in her reaction, said, "Garib ki seva karna aata hai ... Uneh madad honi chahiye ... Achar sanihita kya hoti hai (I know to help poor...They should get help...What is election code of conduct)."

Devi has sent her resignation letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi after a row over tickets, but it is still lying with Gandhi.

This is the second such incident after Hemaram Choudhary and Ameen Khan, both Gehlot ministers, allegedly distributed cash along with merit certificates to students at a function in Barmer early this week.

The Barmer Collector has sent the factual report to CEO Vinod Zutshi, who has forwarded it to the CEC in Delhi.