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CM should reply on corruption in government departments: Pilot

Congress had earlier said that they will raise one question each day during the 40-day long Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra. This is the third question.

jaipur Updated: Aug 05, 2018 23:10 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Jaipur
Rajasthan news
Sachin Pilot. (PTI FILE)

Keeping up the attack on the Rajasthan BJP government, state Congress president Sachin Pilot on Sunday said that chief minister Vasundhara Raje should reply on corruption in government departments such as mines, education, health, higher education PWD, labour and employment, social welfare, food and civil supply and NRHM.

“Corruption and scams, which started form Lalitgate continued with time. In the mines scam, the central government’s guidelines were violated and 653 mines were allotted in 73 days, which means a total loss of Rs 45,000 crores to the government exchequer. In the allocation process around 10-12 mines were allocated in a day and the key accused, an administrative officer, was caught red-handed. The officer was however reinstated and promoted on the CM’s recommendation. This is a live example of BJP protecting and institutionalising corruption,” Pilot alleged.

Congress had earlier said that they will raise one question each day during the 40-day long Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra. This is the third question.

He said that under the BJP regime, illegal bajri (river sand) mining in connivance with the government has become an institution because of which the price of one truck of bajri has gone up from Rs8000-Rs10000 a truck to Rs 24000-30000.

Pilot also alleged that a scam worth crores has taken place at PHED in the name of LED lights and smart city. Recently, a nutrition scam, worth Rs 40 crore, has come to light.

The state party chief alleged that the government is trying to protect ITI colleges, which lack resources. Instead of taking on the ministers involved in corruption, the CM is protecting them by changing their departments and awarding them. “Despite the audio-video tapes of corruption coming up, the government is neglecting them, which exposes the BJP’s corrupt ways,” he said.

BOX: Congress OBC cell demands adequate representation in elections

The Rajasthan Congress OBC Cell has demanded adequate representation in the upcoming assembly elections.

A delegation led by the convener of the cell, Rajendra Sen, had met state party chief Sachin Pilot and urged to ensure representation of candidates on seats dominated by OBC castes. The delegation stated that castes under OBC have not been given a ticket in Jaipur city.

Sen in the memorandum stated that 52 castes are there under OBC and they play an important role in the elections, but the party only gives tickets to dominant castes under the category. Smaller castes under OBC such as Gujjar, Bishnoi, Mali, Khati, Nai, Kumhar, Soni, Teli, Kalal, Rebari, Rawna-Rajput, Dhakad etc get deprived of the representation – whereas these castes play a decisive role in 35 assembly seats such as Civil Lines, Sanganer, Vidhyadhar Nagar, Malviya Nagar, Chomu, Phulera, Bandikui, Sadulsheher, Nava, Dantaramgarh, Pachpadra, Masuda, Hindoli, Ratangarh, Anta, Nohar, Hanumangarh etc.

First Published: Aug 05, 2018 23:09 IST