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?I WILL not give you salami if you all leave the room without my permission?. The next moment he was dangling an advertisement as bait to mediapersons. ?This is the dummy of the advertisement my department has planned to release to all the newspapers,? he said.

india Updated: May 25, 2006 01:15 IST

“I WILL not give you salami if you all leave the room without my permission”.

The next moment he was dangling an advertisement as bait to mediapersons.

“This is the dummy of the advertisement my department has planned to release to all the newspapers,” he said.

Bal Vikas and Pushtahar Minister Ram Govind Chaudhary called a press meet today to inform the media about the achievements of his department in the conference hall of a five star hotel.

Along with officers, the minister walked into the hall. Soon he was narrating the feats of his department. “We are giving ‘pushtahar’ (enriched food) to all children, pregnant women and adolescent girls,” he said.  Earlier, it was given to those living below the poverty line. Now it would be distributed to all, even though it would increase the burden on the State exchequer, he reiterated.

“My government has launched welfare schemes like ‘kishori shakti yojana, balika shri yojana, udisha training programme and information education communication (IEC) programme. Not only is vocational training being imparted to the girls, we have also covered them under insurance schemes,” Chaudhary said.

“I am not boasting about the achievements but I have concrete proof and data about the work done since the Mulayam Singh Yadav government came to power”, he said.  “Not only have we managed to protect children from malnutrition but also have been successful in bringing down the infant mortality rate from 86/1000 to 72/1000”, he said.

Next the minister spoke on the measures taken by him to check corruption in the department. The minister said he had suspended those from the rank of director to peon on charges of corruption.

“It is another thing that the suspended director was reinstated but at present he is not posted in my department”, he said. Suddenly he was glorifying himself.

“I was associated with the JP movement and I have taken a vow not to indulge in corrupt practices. Today, corruption is rampant everywhere”, he rued.
“Mukhiya ho kar gaon me kya karenge jab pura gaon ho bhakol” (What will the gram pradhan do if the villagers are fools). “There was some hope from the former Prime Minister Chandrashekhar but he did nothing to check corruption.

Our religious texts say that when a society is in the grip of evil, god sends his messenger to free the society from the evil forces. That day is not far off”, he said.  When some journos started moving out of the press meet, the minister said that they would not be allowed to leave as he was yet to complete the conference. “I will penalise you,” he warned and said he would not give the ‘salami’ (advertisement).