Punjab Congress President Partap Singh Bajwa on Saturday flayed the Akali Dal-BJP alliance government in the state for non-utilisation of central grants which, he said, debunked the charge of discrimination levelled repeatedly by the state government against the then Congress led UPA government.
He said day in and day out, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had been alleging discrimination against Punjab by Dr. Manmohan Singh government while time and again it had been proved that it was his government that had failed to avail of the central assistance due to its own lethargy and total indifference towards matters of government as the interests were centred elsewhere.
Bajwa referred to the non-utilisation of Rs. 322.16 crore released by the centre last year under the post-matric scholarship scheme for students from minority communities. That was the period when the UA was in power.
He said similarly, Rs. 61.22 crore central funds under Integrated Child Development Scheme released last year remained unutilised as the state government was supposed to contribute matching grant.
In the wake of non-utilisation, the state government failed to get funds under this head from the centre. Yet another allocation was amounting to Rs. 205.86 crore released last year under the e-governance project. The grant lapsed.
Then there was the case of Rs. 382.95 crore released under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna which again had been lying unused while the rural link roads were in bad shape, virtually non-existent in village after village.