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Central funds rusting in Govt coffers: Cong

CONGRESS LEGISLATURE Party leader Pramod Tiwari today alleged that the State Government had used only 15 per cent of the Central funds for the Employment Guarantee Scheme which was being run in six of the seven districts of Bundelkhand, where farmers were committing suicide and were dying of starvation.
None | By HT Correspondent, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON OCT 24, 2006 12:58 AM IST

STARVATION DEATHS
 
CONGRESS LEGISLATURE Party leader Pramod Tiwari today alleged that the State Government had used only 15 per cent of the Central funds for the Employment Guarantee Scheme which was being run in six of the seven districts of Bundelkhand, where farmers were committing suicide and were dying of starvation. 

Talking to newspersons here on Monday, Tiwari challenged the government to appoint a judicial committee headed by a high court justice to probe the suicides and starvation deaths in Bundelkhand. The government has repeatedly denied that starvation had caused the deaths.

He said the cover-up exercise would serve no purpose.Tiwari condemned the Mulayam Government’s demand for a special package for Bundelkhand from the Centre on lines of Andhra Pradesh and Punjab.

The special packages were given to some of the States because of some specific reasons and circumstances while there was no such reason for it in Uttar Pradesh.

The government was spending crore of rupees for populist schemes like Kanya Dhan Yojana and Unemployment Allowance.

This showed there was no dearth of funds and no need for any special package, he added.

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