Centre govt silently working on Lok Sabha elections
As focus gradually shifts to assembly polls in five states, the centre is silently working on the big picture ahead ? the 2004 Lok Sabha polls.india Updated: Nov 04, 2003 13:14 IST
As the focus gradually shifts to the assembly polls in five states next month, the information and broadcasting ministry is silently working on the big picture ahead — the 2004 Lok Sabha elections.
The information and broadcasting ministry has asked all ministries to furnish details of development work being done in states with financial assistance from the Centre, sources said.
In a letter to the ministers concerned on Saturday, information and broadcasting minister Ravi Shankar Prasad sought a detailed account of "state-wise support by the central government and the resultant achievements in various states so that the inputs can be collated and compiled for dissemination".
The ministries have been requested to furnish the data by November 15.
Sources said the exercise is being conducted with an eye on the general elections, where the NDA plans to make development the main poll plank.
The government, sources said, wants to make sure the states do not take credit for any central scheme. It also does not want the states to pass the buck for lack of development due to paucity of central funds.
The information collected will be analysed and used to prepare pamphlets and booklets on state-wise development by the NDA government.
To bring in greater transparency, the details will be shared with the media. The NDA allies will use the information for campaigning during the Lok Sabha polls.
Sources said this is probably the first time such an exercise is being carried out by the Centre.
"After this, the government can tell voters that states failed to carry out development work due to their financial mess and not due to lack of support from the Centre. The electorate must know where the fault lies," a senior official said.
The Centre normally gives assistance to the states in the form of centrally-sponsored schemes, budgetary allocation and central schemes.
The ministries have been asked to furnish details of all three schemes. Details of other achievements in states have also been sought.
Demand: I&B ministry has sought a detailed account of central government-aided schemes from various states
Purpose: The government wants to make sure states do not take credit for any central scheme
End result: The information will be used to prepare pamphlets for use during the Lok Sabha elections
First Published: Nov 04, 2003 00:32 IST