?Rs 19 crore for 47 lakh families?
SAMAJWADI PARTY MLA Dr Sunilam today punched a hole in the ambitious Deendayal Antyoday Yojana for medical care of poor. Participating in the debate on State budget, he said Finance Minister Raghavji has announced a plenty of schemes for the welfare of poor and deprived but lack of adequate allocation has reduced them to just populist slogans.india Updated: Feb 23, 2006 13:19 IST
SAMAJWADI PARTY MLA Dr Sunilam today punched a hole in the ambitious Deendayal Antyoday Yojana for medical care of poor. Participating in the debate on State budget, he said Finance Minister Raghavji has announced a plenty of schemes for the welfare of poor and deprived but lack of adequate allocation has reduced them to just populist slogans.
Citing Deendayal Antyoday Yojana concerning medical care for the poor in this regard, he said, the State Government plans to spend up to Rs 20,000 on treatment of persons living below the poverty line (BPL). There are 47 lakh such families in MP. Even if 20 per cent of them fell ill and needed treatment under the scheme, the Government would need Rs 950 crore to meet its obligation. But, allocation made under the scheme is a meagre Rs 19 crore, he pointed out.
He said the BJP might criticise Digvijay Singh for ‘misrule’ during his decade-long stint but it does not have an alternative development strategy, which could differentiate them from the Congress.
“You are only trying to do what the Congress could not do. Roads, power projects. It was all there in their list of priorities as well but they could not do it. But, the BJP would also have thought about malnutrition of children, quality education to children, curb on crimes against women, employment to youth and check on corruption, if their vision of development was different from the Congress.
“ You are taking ADB loans and making roads. But, where is Government’s concern about health, farm economy or new schools,” he asked.
He asked the Finance Minister to give details about Rs 50,000 crore investment proposals received in two years of the BJP regime in the State.
Dr Sunilam said three per cent dearness allowance to employees was also a token relief to the State Government employees and their major demands have been ignored.
Urging the State Government to launch a drive against corruption, Dr Sunilam said if corruption was effectively checked, the Government would have resources to actually implement welfare schemes and not make mere announcements.
Ramlakhan Sharma of the CPM also took the Finance Minister to task for what he called forgetting human beings in his haste to show results on road and power fronts.
“Digvijay Singh was better than you. At least, he thought of giving land to landless SC/ST families. He has fallen from favour in the Congress itself but he had a vision for development better than any leader in the Stare,” he said.
There is no concern for payment of dues to workers of mills, which have closed down.
First Published: Feb 23, 2006 13:19 IST