Mayawati govt `looting` public money: BJP
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 21:18
New Delhi: BJP on Wednesday accused the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh of playing with the lives of the poor and weaker sections by "looting" public money allocated for National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and demanded a High Court-monitored CBI inquiry into the matter.

A BJP delegation led by party vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Secretary Kirit Sommaiya met the CAG here to demand that an audit of the NRHM funds allocated for Uttar Pradesh should be done to see how the money was spent.

"The Mayawati government has indulged in yet another blatant act of looting public money by converting the NRHM into Mayawati Wealth Mission...The state government is playing with the health and lives of millions of poor, sick and downtrodden people," Naqvi told reporters.

He maintained that the loot in NRHM was to the tune of Rs 3,700 crores.

"Ministers and bureaucrats close to the Chief Minister are playing the role of middlemen, whereby NRHM funded tenders were being assigned to agencies and individuals without following set rules and procedures," Naqvi said.

He charged the Central government with being equally guilty for the poor state of affairs as it is squarely responsible for monitoring programmes like NRHM.

"Even as Congress leaders make public statements against the Mayawati government, the Central government has taken no action against the UP government for either non-implementation or misuse and misappropriation of funds under NHRM. On the contrary, it keeps allocating more funds to UP," Naqvi said.

He demanded a CBI inquiry into the NRHM scam under the supervision of the High Court.

Naqvi alleged that in the BSP regime, there was an exemption to commit crime and encroach upon land.

"It is an open loot of public money allocated for providing healthcare facilities to expectant mothers and children up to five years of age. The state government has denied basic amenities to them and even the money allocated by NRHM for women and children belonging to weaker and under-privileged sections of the society is being looted in a shameless and unscrupulous manner," he said.

The BJP charged that a "loot gang" is active in all departments and is engaged in filling up the coffers of the Chief Minister.

"The Central government is equally responsible for this rampant loot in National Rural Health Mission. The Centre had allocated Rs 794 crores in 2005-2006 for the scheme, Rs 1,956 crore in 2009-10 and a whopping Rs. 1,747 crore for 2010-11, without seeking any report either on the utilisation of funds or implementation of the scheme," Naqvi said.


First Published: Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 21:18

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