C’garh CM asks PM to remove Sen from Plan panel
Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh asked the PM to review the decision of appointing activist Binayak Sen on a Planning Commission panel, saying his contribution to health sector is "hugely exaggerated".
Raipur: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman
Singh on Wednesday asked the Prime Minister to review the decision of
appointing activist Binayak Sen on a Planning Commission
panel, saying his contribution to health sector is "hugely
exaggerated" and there is little on ground to support it.
In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the
chief minister said the nomination of Sen, who has been
convicted for waging war against the state for colluding with
Naxals to set up a network, as member of a steering committee
of Planning Commission on health is "shocking".
"There have been no precedents of this kind," he said,
adding he will not attend any Planning Commission meeting till
this matter is resolved.
"It appears strange that no other name in the entire
country could be found for nomination in the aforesaid
committee. Moreover, the so called contribution of Dr Binayak
Sen to health sector has been hugely exaggerated and there is
little on ground to support it," the BJP leader said.
The Chhattisgarh Chief Minister wrote a similar letter
to Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.
The announcement to appoint Sen on the committee was
made on May 11 following which the activist told PTI that he
would like to bring "equity" in health related issues for
deprived communities with the experience he gained by working
amongst tribals and villagers of Chhattisgarh.
Raman Singh said, "Planning Commission is the highest
policy making body of country and is headed by your good self
(Prime Minister). Needless to say, institutional integrity of
Planning Commission is of paramount importance. In this
backdrop, the nomination of Dr Binayak Sen who has been
convicted for waging war against the state is shocking and
"It is an accepted principle that any person convicted
for life imprisonment cannot be nominated as a member of any
national level forum or committee and there have been no
precedents of this kind," he said.
"I would earnestly request you to kindly intervene and
review the decision taken in this regard. I am constrained and
pained to take a decision to not to attend any Planning
Commission meeting till this matter is resolved," Singh wrote
in his one-page letter to the Prime Minister.
He said that it was quite disturbing for him to
learn through media reports about Sen`s nomination.
"I would like to share my concern and that of the
people of Chhattisgarh in this regard. You would be aware that
having been convicted by a trial court, Dr Binayak Sen
continues to remain a convict for sedition and also under the
provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 as
well as Chhattisgarh Vishesh Jan Suraksha Adhiniyam, 2005.
"It is imperative to note that while Dr Binayak Sen`s
appeal is pending in the High Court his conviction has not
been set aside," he said.
Singh said, "As you have declared on many occasions,
Left Wing Extremism (LWE) is the biggest threat to internal
security and democracy of our country, the decision to take
Binayak Sen on this committee will confound the people at
large at this critical juncture when we are fighting a major
battle against LWE with the help and support of the Union