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Ajay Singh questions Govt claims

INITIATING DEBATE on the State Budget in the State Assembly today, former minister and Congress MLA Ajay Singh said that the Chief Minister might have promised a State free of fear, hunger and corruption, but conditions seemed to be just the opposite.

india Updated: Feb 23, 2006 13:19 IST

INITIATING DEBATE on the State Budget in the State Assembly today, former minister and Congress MLA Ajay Singh said that the Chief Minister might have promised a State free of fear, hunger and corruption, but conditions seemed to be just the opposite.

He charged that as far as hunger was concerned, BPL cards have not been issued to people since 2003 despite a survey conducted to identify them. And destitute pension to thousands of people coming from most deprived sections has been discontinued.

He said the fear of saffron outfits was such that if somebody sporting saffron dupatta appears anywhere, everyone from the station house officer (SHO) of police to sarpanch of a village get quiet. Police force was never so demoralised as now. The manner in which former MLA Swamy Lodhi robbed a businessman in Tikamgarh and the police refused to lodge his FIR for quite sometime spoke volumes of fear that not only the common masses but custodians of law also felt, he alleged.

Corruption was at its peak, Ajay Singh said, adding that people have started saying that the acronym ‘BJP’ now stood for ‘Bhrashtachar Janata Party”.

Singh further said that the State Government should be complimented for its efforts to put in place road network in the State but certain areas like Vindhya have been neglected in this respect. This, despite the fact that Shahdol and Sidhi being the largest coal producing districts in the State have a high traffic density.

Singh said that on power front the State Government has failed to keep its promise to improve the situation within 100 days of taking charge but even after power projects under implementation were completed by the year 2008, there would still be a shortfall of 1200 MW of power in the State, he added.

He suggested that the State Government should explore new options as well to meet the increasing power demand in addition to completing the ongoing projects.

Singh further said that provision of adequate water was another major concern of the Government but there again the State Government has fallen prey to its usual ad hocism. It has no policy for water recharging to stop the decreasing water table, Singh said.

On the investment front, he said the State Government needed to go beyond Bina refinery, which has been the stock investment data since years. Particularly, the State Government needed to attract IT industry, he emphasised.

Singh said a couple of foreign jaunts do not bring in investment, a sustained effort has to be made for the purpose so that Madhya Pradesh was identified as investor-friendly State.