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Cong leader accuses govt of misusing grant

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee member Raman Bahl has accused the SAD-BJP government of distributing a grant of Rs 1.4 crore among economically weaker sections just before the model code of conduct came into force on December 22, 2011 before the assembly elections to influence voters in Gurdaspur assembly segment. He has also demanded a CBI inquiry into this.

punjab Updated: Oct 24, 2012 00:24 IST
Kamaljit Singh Kamal

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee member Raman Bahl has accused the SAD-BJP government of distributing a grant of Rs 1.4 crore among economically weaker sections just before the model code of conduct came into force on December 22, 2011 before the assembly elections to influence voters in Gurdaspur assembly segment. He has also demanded a CBI inquiry into this.

Bahl obtained the information under the RTI that the government sent a grant of Rs 1.02 crore and another of Rs 17.5 lakh to the Gurdaspur Improvement Trust on October 31, 2011. He said another grant of Rs 20.25 lakh was given to the Gurdaspur block development and panchayats officer (BDPO) on October 31, for distribution among the poor for the repair of their houses or making their houses pucca in rural area of Gurdaspur assembly constituency.

Bahl alleged that the authorities did not follow the rules while allotting these grants. He alleged that the authorities did not invite applications from the needy nor did they adopt any process of verification of their applications. He alleged that the authorities did not make a merit list of the applicants while releasing the grants.

The administration allegedly failed to furnish Bahl with the addresses of the recipients of these grants. Bahl has filed an appeal in the office of the deputy commissioner to get these.

Bahl alleged that the administration adopted a pick-and-choose policy and did not maintain transparency in giving grants. He accused the administration of giving these grants even to those who already owned pucca houses, leaving out many deserving people.

Bahl said only a thorough probe would expose the wrong distribution of these grants.

Gurdaspur Improvement Trust executive officer Manoj Kumar and BDPO Amandeep Kaur, who have recently assumed office, refused to comment.