PM hits out at Uttarakhand govt over development

Manmohan Singh accused Uttarakhand govt of failing to sincerely implement central schemes.

Last Updated: Jan 20, 2012, 23:39 PM IST

Rudrapur: Attacking the BJP
government in poll-bound Uttarkhand, Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh on Friday accused it of failing to sincerely implement
central schemes and properly utilizing funds provided to the
state for carrying out developmental activities.

"If the state government had shown sincere interest in
implementation of these programmes, the people of the state
would have benefited more," Singh said at an election rally
here kick-starting his campaign for Congress from Kumaon
region.

He claimed that the Congress rule between 2002-2007 had
seen a swift pace of development in the hill state.

"The state saw a robust growth in the field of industrial
development. IT parks were set up and new power projects were
launched during the Congress rule. But it is a matter of
regret that as soon as the BJP government took over, all such
developmental activities got blocked," he said.

"The BJP government failed to utilize the central funds
given to the state under schemes meant for welfare of various
sections like women, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and
minorities.... I have been told that on one hand teachers are
sitting on hunger strike for jobs and on the other hand,
schools are facing shortage of teachers," he said.

Singh said the UPA government has tried to make the
government transparent and accountable.

Describing poverty, illiteracy, health, economic security,
environment conservation and national security as the main
challenges before the country, Singh appealed to the people of
Uttarakhand to vote for Congress on January 30 claiming that
only this party has the experience and capability to deal with
these issues.

PTI