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Govt not serious on tribal welfare: Digvijay

CONGRESS GENERAL secretary and former chief minister Digvijay Singh today alleged that the BJP Government in the State was not 'serious' about the development of tribals and even the constitutional provision that the Governor should submit an annual report to the Centre on the condition of tribals was not followed in the last two years.

india Updated: Feb 18, 2006 14:02 IST

CONGRESS GENERAL secretary and former chief minister Digvijay Singh today alleged that the BJP Government in the State was not 'serious' about the development of tribals and even the constitutional provision that the Governor should submit an annual report to the Centre on the condition of tribals was not followed in the last two years.

“It is not a lapse on the part of Governor, who submits the report on behalf of the State Government but the State Government itself”, Singh told reporters on the Assembly premises here. He further said the BJP Government had not utilised Centre's allocation of Rs 15 lakh each for the development of every forest village. There are as many as 1346 forest villages in the State, he added.

Pointing out that the State Government was yet to frame its tribal policy, Singh said all matters relating to tribals should have been discussed in the Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC), but in the past two years the TAC had not met even once though it was mandatory that it met at least twice a year.

Even the State Government had not sent its comments and suggestions sought by the Union Government on the Tribals Rights Bill, he added.

Alleging that the tribals and Dalits were being targeted for attacks, Singh said the Dalits were being deprived of the possession of land allotted to them during his regime. The scheme to purchase land for allotment among scheduled castes and scheduled tribes had been abolished after the BJP came to power and the budgetary allocation for tribal welfare had been drastically cut, he added.

‘ICD is no scam’
FORMER CHIEF Minister Digvijay Singh on Friday claimed that there was no ‘scam' in the disbursement of loans by the M P State Industries Development Corporation (MPSIDC) to some industrialists under Inter-corporate Deposit (ICD) scheme as collection of deposits and disbursement of loan were not illegal.

He said that the Government had not stood guarantee on deposits in the Inter-Corporate Deposit (ICD) scheme nor any guarantee was sought from the loanees, Singh, in whose tenure the ICD scam took place, dared the State BJP Government to initiate any sort of inquiry against him in the matter.

He admitted that there was default by different parties in repayment of loan and it was like 'non-performing assets' of any bank. “The Central Government paid against NPAs of banks to the tune of hundreds of crores and when no criminal liability was fixed in that matter how could it be done in ICD case”, he asked.

“Let there be any inquiry but before inquiry is completed nobody should be harassed. And, special treatment to bank of Punjab and where Rs 50 lakh, retained by MPSIDC from the loan availed for repayment of loan to the bank, went should also be looked into be Economic Offences Wing (EOW)”, he said.