Funds meant for uplift of deprived class misused: MP

Addressing a news conference on Friday, he said that there are many programmes aimed at tribal development but unfortunately the funds meant for uplift of the deprived and suppressed section of the society too is being misused.

“Fault lies in our policies. We are not asking our beneficiaries what they want. Instead, we are asking them to take what we have to offer,” he said adding that Rs 1.20 crore was sanctioned five years ago for development of Reshmehadlu tribal haadi but the developmental works were started only recently by Nirmiti Kendra.

The MP opined that none of the tribal development projects are being implemented efficiently. Hence, discussion with regard to changes in the project is inevitable.

 “Before I take the issue with the Centre, I will collect details from some sincere and dedicated officials and voluntary organisation members who have worked for the uplift of the tribals,” he said.

Alleging some voluntary organisations of misusing the funds released for tribal development, he said that action will be taken against such organisations after auditing their accounts.

Don’t ignore

The MP said that elected representatives from rest of the parties should not ignore projects like Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Project, Indira Awaz Yojana etc just because it has been named after Congress leaders.

“Over the last 40 years of political career, I have never seen such poor quality works being executed. The money sanctioned for purchase of material for construction too falls into the pockets of the elected representatives. This must stop,” he said.

Commenting on the present political scenario, he questioned the national parties as to where does the money flow from to purchase MLAs paying them Rs 30 to 50 crore each.

Shortage of staff

The MP said that there is shortage of 55 per cent of staff in the district due to which developmental works are lagging behind. Posts of 50 doctors are vacant in district hospital and there is no Intensive Care Unit. He said that he is thinking of providing Rs 50 lakh from MP’s fund for an ICU.

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