Thiruvanathapuram: The scheme to provide
free rail travel to girl students announced by Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee in this year`s Rail budget seems to have run into trouble for the time being with Chief Election
Commission of India ordering an enquiry into the scheme.
A report have been sought from the Railway Board and Raja
Sabha Secretariate about the scheme announced by the Railway
Minister and a decision on the scheme would be taken soon
after getting the report, Chief Election Commissioner Y S
Quraishi told reporters here Friday.
Quraishi was answering reporters query on CPI-M leader
Sitaram Yechury`s comment that CEC did not apply same yardstick on Railway Minister`s new scheme while banning the implementation of `rice for Rs two per kg` scheme of CPI-M led LDF government in Kerala.
The commission ordered an inquiry based on media reports of Yechury`s comments. `We will not show any discrimination to
any states`, he said. However, he said CEC would not allow
any programmes that meant to influence voters.
On the CEC` stand on `rice for Rs Two per kg`, he said as the matter was before Kerala high court, CEC would inform the court about its position.
Quraishi who along with Election Commissioner V S Sampath and
H S Brahma held meetings with top state government and police
officials on the preparations for the April 13 assembly polls,
said that there would be strict monitoring of expenditure of