Paswan slams govt on alleged SC/ST fund diversion

LJP leader Ramvilas Paswan Tuesday said Prime Minister should come out with guidelines to ensure that money meant for SC/ST schemes are not diverted or allowed to lapse.

Updated: Aug 03, 2010, 16:28 PM IST

New Delhi: Supporting the demand for discussion in Parliament on alleged diversion of money meant for SC/ST schemes in Delhi, LJP leader Ramvilas Paswan Tuesday said Prime Minister should come out with guidelines to ensure that such funds are not diverted or allowed to lapse.

"If it is true that the funds meant for SC/ST have been diverted towards Commonwealth Games then it is wrong. There should be a discussion on it," Paswan told reporters outside Parliament.

He, however, added that "we are not with the BSP but we are for the issue".

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned twice during the Question Hour after opposition parties led by BSP disrupted proceedings over alleged diversion of SC/ST funds to Commonwealth Games by Delhi Government. Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit has, however, denied the charge.

Paswan said the Prime Minister should issue guidelines so that these funds are not diverted nor allowed to lapse.
BSP leader Satish Mishra accused the Congress of practising "double standards".

"It is double standard politics as the Congress-ruled state has diverted massive funds meant for SC/ST to Commonwealth Games," Mishra said.
However, when it was pointed out that that the BSP had supported the Congress during the cut-motion in Parliament on price rise issue, Mishra said "here the issue is different".

PTI