Sunday, April 24, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Discrimination in allotment of Dalit basti fund

Discrimination in allotment of Dalit basti fund
TNN | Apr 24, 2011, 06.23am IST
Tags:social welfare department|Rajesh Chatur|MLA Nanabhau Patole
GONDIA: District secretary of Gondia BJP and senior member of Gondia
ZP, Rajesh Chatur has alleged that the state government has
discriminated in the allotment for funds for development of Dalit
localities. The government has not allotted even a single pie to those
localities represented by the BJP, he said.

In a press note, Chatur said that in the annual budget for the
financial year 2010-11, the ZP had demanded Rs 20 crore for
development of Dalit localities of eight tehsils through MS Dalit
Basti Sudhar Yojana, Pune. But the state government sanctioned only Rs
2 crore against this demand.

The most ridiculous part of this decision was that the areas of
allotment of this fund have not been mentioned, said Chatur. In its
letter No. 56/11, dated March 30, 2011, only the names of the
beneficiary Congress MLAs - Gondia Gopaldas Agrawal and Amgaon
Ramratan Raut have been mentioned. The rest six tehsils have not
received a single farthing. Taking a serious objection to such a
discriminating attitude of the government, Chatur said it is an
attempt to give credit to the MLAs of the ruling party.

Deploring the attitude of the state government, Chatur said that the
fund has been allotted to ZP and the power of its allotment and
utilization is vested in the ZP and whatever amount has been received,
should be utilised as per the priorities of Social Welfare Department
of the ZP. This issue was also raised in the recently-concluding state
assembly session by BJP MLA Nanabhau Patole, he said.

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