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To check ‘misuse’ of Central funds, Cong to go RTI way

The Congress has decided to use the Right to Information Act (RTI) extensively to nail the opposition-led state governments over the “misuse” of Central funds.

delhi Updated: May 27, 2011 00:30 IST
Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
Hindustan Times

The Congress has decided to use the Right to Information Act (RTI) extensively to nail the opposition-led state governments over the “misuse” of Central funds.

The party has asked all its units in the opposition-ruled states to "file as many RTI applications as possible" to obtain information about the utilisation of Central funds for UPA's schemes such as Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and National Rural Health Mission.

The moves comes in the wake of overwhelming response to its campaign kicked off from Lucknow on April 27 when Uttar Pradesh Congress president Rita Bahuguna Joshi filed two RTI applications regarding NRHM in Rahul Gandhi's presence.

The applications sought detailed information about expenditure of Central funds under NRHM over the past five years, and also detailed district-wise lists of names of beneficiaries of Janani Suraksha Yojana.

The Congress and its alliance partners are in power in 16 states.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi had mentioned about the plan to “expose corruption and misutilisation of Central funds” in the opposition ruled states at the party's 83rd plenary at Burari last year.

“In those states where we are not in office, a new situation has arisen. The Congress-led UPA government is transferring unprecedented funds to all states without any discrimination. Our party workers have a special role in remaining vigilant and ensuring that these funds reach their intended beneficiaries. They must create an awareness of the role of our government in creating and funding these schemes. They must counter any effort by the opposition to take credit for them and mislead the people,” she had said.

First Published: May 27, 2011 00:28 IST