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Cong slams centre, state over counting of Muslim staff in health dept

State Congress’ senior vice president Vishvendra Singh on Wednesday accused the centre and state governments of trying to create communal divide in the country for political mileage

jaipur Updated: Dec 13, 2017 20:43 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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While government needs to launch a survey of well-qualified unemployed youths to offer them jobs, it is counting employees of a particular community in government department, says Vishvendra Singh.(HT Photo)

State Congress’ senior vice president Vishvendra Singh on Wednesday accused the centre and state governments of trying to create communal divide in the country for political mileage.

“Centre and state government are trying to make Hindu versus Muslim issue again before Lok Sabha election in 2019 and state assembly election in 2018 to come in power again,” alleged Singh, while addressing a press conference in Bharatpur. Singh was referring to the government order seeking details of Muslim employees in health department of Rajasthan.

Following a centre government’s direction issued on November 20, the state health department had on November 30 had released an order to the chief medical and health officer (CMHO) in districts to count all Muslim employees under their jurisdiction.

“While government needs to launch a survey and counting of well-qualified unemployed youths to offer them jobs, it is counting employees of a particular community in government department,” he said, adding that the Congress opposed the move.

State health minister Kali Charan Saraf should disclose the reasons behind the move, as Muslims also belongs to the country, Singh said.

He said the BJP-led state government celebrating four-year rule Rajasthan should reveal how many jobs were offered to youths in the state, as the government committed to offer 15 lakh jobs during the election campaign.

Meanwhile, Bharatpur CMHO Gopal Ram said that Dr BL Saini, the joint director (administration) of medical and health services, has issued us a written order to count all Muslim employees working at community health centres, primary health centres and district hospital. “We have forwarded the order to all block chief medical and health officers in the district. The counting details will be sent to the authority within a week,” the officer added.

First Published: Dec 13, 2017 20:43 IST