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?UP misused Central funds?

india Updated: Nov 13, 2006 00:35 IST
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UNION MINISTER of State for Water Resources Jai Prakash Narain Yadav on Sunday, said that the Centre had released enough funds for the development of Uttar Pradesh. “However, the State Government has misappropriated the allocated fund,” he claimed. The Central Government has thus decided to take account of the funds allocated to the State Government.

The Centre has given large fund for the distribution of food among poor, education, health, power, road and employment schemes to UP and had the same been utilized by the State Government, the scenario of UP would have changed completely.

Today, UP would have been among the most developed States in the country, he said. Instead of using the fund on development, the State Government has virtually robbed off the Central fund. He said now the time has come when the State Government should give account of each single penny to the Central Government.

Addressing the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) workers in a programme organized to felicitate the winning candidates who contested the local bodies election on party tickets, Yadav said that the Samajwadi Party was adopting dual policy as on the one hand SP leaders were pretending themselves to be secular while on the other hand, they were hobnobbing with the BJP and the NDA convener George Fernandes.

“Jungle raj” was prevailing in Uttar Pradesh and the RJD has decided to free UP from the clutches of the Samajwadi Party. The success of the party in the civic polls clearly indicates that people were fed up with the SP government and wanted a change.

Calling upon the people to give RJD a chance in UP, Yadav said RJD national president never compromised with the communal forces. Citing example he said, the RJD supremo stopped the rath of Advani in Bihar and protected the country from communal violence. The saffronisation of the education during the NDA government was also opposed by the RJD.

Yadav said that Lalu Yadav would launch the campaign of the RJD for Vidhan Sabha election soon in the State. Singing all praise for Lalu, the Minister of State said that the Railway Ministry was earning profit after he took over as Railway Minister and now every one wants to learn management secrets from Lalu.”

Detailing about water problems in the State, the minister said that several districts here were facing problem of arsenic water and to ensure that people in the affected districts get safe drinking water, the Water Resource Ministry has released funds. The progress of the project would be reviewed in a meeting with the State Government officials soon.

RJD leaders Bhola Singh, Ashok Singh and MS Kamar Alam also expressed their views in the meeting.